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.
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.
Beyond Meat makes plant-based meat alternatives such as burgers, sausages, chicken strips, and ground beef. Beyond Meat was founded in 2009 by Ethan Brown and is based in Los Angeles, California.
A biotechnology and data science company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, founded in 2013, that combines biology with artificial intelligence for drug discovery. Using human cell models of diseases, Recursion captures microscopic images to build biological datasets and computational techniques identify disease-associated biological changes.
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Synthetic biology company that uses AI, DNA synthesis, and robotics to discover biological molecules.
A healthcare technology company offering a medical professional hiring platform for hospitals.
Good Eggs is an online grocery delivery service based in the Bay Area, offering fresh local produce, weeknight meal kits, everyday staples, and wine, beer, and spirits .
Lilium is a Munich-based startup developing an on-demand, all-electric, vertical take-off and landing air taxi service.
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ENBALA Power Networks is a power grid network solutions developer working to create a more robust and reliable electric power grid.
Amply Power is a Mountain View, California-based provider of commercial fleet electric-charging services.
Plant Prefab is a Rialto-based prefabricated home factory dedicated to sustainable construction.
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E897: Obvious Ventures James Joaquin: brings operator expertise to fund #worldpositive startups
January 25, 2019