Peter Crane: Investor, Entrepreneur, and Environmentalist, Dies Aged 50

Investor, entrepreneur, attorney, and environmentalist Peter Crane is scheduled to be taken off life support this afternoon, on April 23rd. He is survived by his mother, Basia.

Friends describe Crane as a vivacious spirit who “was always unapologetically himself.”

“Peter Crane dedicated the latter part of his life to preventing catastrophic climate change through his organization, Planet Positive, through his investments and advisory roles in companies,” Bryan Talebi, CEO & Cofounder of Ahura AI, said. “He was passionate about impact-driven organizations whose core missions are aligned with the improvement in the human condition. He lived life to the fullest. He had a vivacious spirit who was unapologetically himself. He was a loyal friend and an amazing human being.”

After graduating from the University of San Fransisco with a law degree, Crane served as a founder and advisor to numerous blockchain companies, successfully becoming one of the leaders in expanding the industry. Crane chose to work with companies benefitting the public at large. From participating in blockchain to reduce carbon emissions to working with groups to provide online privacy, better infrastructure, and health and wellness.

Crane’s latest venture with Planet Positive Ventures was a passion project for a man that truly believed in meshing technology and investment with sustainability in order for a better future. According to his bio, he “co-founded Planet Positive to activate his unwavering dedication to facilitating scalable climate solutions.”

Peter Crane

“When I first met Peter, I could see his incredible energy and lust for life,” Stewart Rogers, Managing Editor at Grit Daily, and Partner at Planet Positive, said. “We originally met at an after-party I was running at Web Summit, where I invited him to sing his favorite Rolling Stones song on stage, but we really bonded over a shared passion for sustainability and environmentalism. His work at Planet Positive has already made a significant difference, helping us to reverse the damage we’ve done to the planet we inhabit, and I know we’re all determined to continue his work.”

One of Peter’s favorite quotes, according to his friends, was: “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” – Pantanjali.

“Peter will be missed by hundreds, possibly thousands of people,” Rogers said. “He was a beacon of light is in this world, helping those that want to undo the damage we’ve done to our planet succeed, but was also the life of the party and made every room he walked into brighter and more colorful. He was a one of a kind.”


Yelena Mandenberg is the Ideas Editor at Grit Daily with a passion for news of all sorts. Finishing Brooklyn College with a degree in Print Media Journalism as the industry died out, she began working as a freelancer. After spending some time working in the retail industry, Yelena started BK Riot Writing, a marketing company that caters to small and local businesses, creating content that helps them compete.  From her South Brooklyn apartment where she lives with her cat & tortoise, Yelena is always seeking something new and interesting to cover.

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