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On August 2nd - 4th, Founder Institute hosted the FounderX 2022 global summit, where the FI network gathered over 3 days for a series of fun virtual networking events, group workshops, and engaging talks from top keynote speakers across the tech and startup global ecosystem. 

The goal of FounderX was to facilitate meaningful connections and learning between the entrepreneurs, investors, advisors and leaders in our network—and the tremendous conference turnout achieved that goal, with attendees joining live from across more than 110+ countries and all 6 continents. Watch VC Lab CEO and Founder Institute Co-Founder & Chairman Adeo Ressi's interview with featured keynote speaker James Joaquin!

James Joaquin (Co-Founder, Obvious Ventures)

James Joaquin is the Co-founder of Obvious Ventures, where he makes investments with a plant-forward approach to food, including Beyond Meat (IPO) and Miyoko’s Creamery, and “good for you goods” consumer visionaries Olly (acquired by Unilever) and Welly (acquired by Unilever).

James has been working in venture capital since 2007, and has invested in a wide range of mission-driven startups including Plum Organics (acquired by Campbell’s Soup), TenMarks Education (acquired by Amazon), Opower (IPO), and Seventh Generation (acquired by Unilever).

Prior to investing, James began his entrepreneurial career while studying computer science at Brown University, co-founding Clearview Software which was acquired by Apple, where he spent six years in engineering and marketing roles.

James Joaquin Interview Insights: 

  • Why James Joaquin started Obvious Ventures
  • Thematic investing in venture capital
  • What it means to invest in "time machine" companies
  • Finding meaning through your work
  • Inspiring founder stories from Joaquin's investing career
  • Industries where Joaquin sees opportunties to invest
  • The profit and purpose flywheel 

The next FounderX global conference is already in its very early planning phases, most likely to take place in mid-2023, and possibly as an in-person event. To learn more about the FounderX global summit, visit


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