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about this episode
Obvious Ventures Co-founder & Managing Director James Joaquin brings operator expertise to VC to fund #worldpositive startups; shares early days pioneering online photo, teaming up with Ev Williams, insights on founder mental health, investor bad behavior, crypto potential, & staying focused on realizing a sustainable planet
0:51 – Jason introduces James Joaquin. The two talk about Ofoto and how James got into the venture capital world.
13:58 – The two talk about River Pheonix, Joaquin Pheonix, and the film ‘The Master.’
15:52 – Why are mental health issues so prominent amongst founders, and how can you stay healthy despite the pressures in the startup world?
21:46 – James shares how he met Ev Williams and Vishal Vasishth, why they started Obvious Ventures together, and why purpose-driven businesses are important.
27:32 – James shares his story about his 23andMe results and attending their launch Spit Party.
31:22 – Why did Obvious Ventures decide to raise $123,456,789 for their first fund and are they focused on returns or purpose?
36:49 – Meat alternative brands Beyond Meat vs. Impossible Foods, and how the world will change for the better with these “world-positive” companies.
45:16 – The two discuss the New York Times article that paints venture capitalists as bad, why scalability and transparency are important in the venture capital industry, and stories about the worst investor behavior.
53:43 – Thoughts on crypto as a technology and a boom and bust cycle, why James and Jason have yet to invest in crypto, and positive potential in the world of crypto.
1:05:55 – Three categories of deals that Obvious Ventures has participated in, and the issues with vaping and JUUL.