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Obvious Ventures

Obvious Ventures

A venture capital firm investing in early-stage startups that offer innovations and solutions for a more sustainable world. It was founded in 2014 and is located in San Francisco, California. 

Obvious Ventures is a venture capital firm founded by Ev Williams, James Joaquin, Vishal Vasishth in 2014. The firm focuses its investments in early stage and seed stage companies that are are profitable, as well as socially and environmentally impactful. Types of companies Obvious Ventures invests in are: food & agriculture, artificial intelligence & machine learning, biopharma & biotechnology, education, energy, FinTech, and manufacturing. Notable company investments made by Obvious Ventures include: Zymergen, Medium, Beyond Meat, and Recursion Pharma. 

Product

The company states that it aims to invest in sustainable environmental systems, empower people through education, and healthy living through healthcare initiatives. It tracks its credo by using the hashtag #worldpositive, which allows for its potential clients to see the types of companies in which Obvious Ventures invests.



As of 2019, the company has had two funds, with a total of more than $300 million and has invested in 67 companies. 

Timeline

Associated investment funds

2 Results
Investment Fund
Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total offering (USD)
Location
Location
Date signed
Date signed

Funded Companies

8 Results
Company
Company
Description
Description
Website
Website
Industry
Industry
Location
Location

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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Andre Heinz

Venture Partner



Andrew Beebe

Managing Director



Anna Khuu

Executive Assistant



Daniel Liem

Senior associate



Ev Williams

Co-Founder



Gabe Kleinman

Director of Portfolio Services & Mktg



Hoolie Tejwani

Vice President



Jack Rothacher

Director of Finance & Operations



James Joaquin

Co-Founder & Managing Director



Joe Blair

Vice President



Nan Li

Managing Director



Shelby Herman

Office Coordinator



Vishal Vasishth

Co-Founder & Managing Director



Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

A Venture Capitalist's View on the Promise of Electric Aviation

Stephen Lacey

Web



In good company: How Obvious Ventures is disrupting venture capital

Jennifer Kongs

Web



Obvious Ventures has closed on a funky amount of funding (again) for fund two

Connie Loizos

Web



Sighten Closes $3.5M Series A Funding from Obvious Ventures

Business Wire

Web



Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

E897: Obvious Ventures James Joaquin: brings operator expertise to fund #worldpositive startups

January 25, 2019

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Amply





Sustainable Systems

Anbala





Sustainable Systems

Bakpax





People Power

Beyond Meat





Healthy Living

Boon Supply





People Power

Breezeworks





People Power

Care Zone





Healthy Living

Change.org





People Power

Darwin AI





Sustainable Systems

Devoted Health





Healthy Living





Sustainable Systems

Enervee





Sustainable Systems

Fair





People Power

Good Eggs





Healthy Living

Gusto





People Power

Happiest Baby





Healthy Living

Incredible Health





People Power

Joy





People Power

Keyo





People Power

Lilium





Sustainable Systems

Long Game





People Power

LTSE





People Power

Lucid





Healthy Living

Magic Leap





People Power

Maker Media





People Power

References