In terms of finding opportunities, I don’t have a complete framework but I do have some rough heuristics:
(1) look for opportunities that the large donors can’t find, are too small for them to act on, or for some other reason fail to execute on
(2) follow the example of angel investors in the tech community by identifying a funding thesis and then reaching out through personal networks to find people to fund at the very early stage of starting projects/organizations.
In terms of the historical work, I’m considering organizing a much deeper investigation into the history of these organizations. If you or anyone else is interested in working full time / part time on this, do let me know!
Thanks Alex! Those sound like useful heuristics, though I’d love to see some experience reports (perhaps I ought to generate them).
I would be interested! I’ll reach out via private message