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

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
Beyond Meat

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.

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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.

A software company with a platform for insights into aquaculture and how it affects the seafood industry. It was founded in 2012 and is located in Quebec, Canada.

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.

ENBALA Power Networks is a power grid network solutions developer working to create a more robust and reliable electric power grid.

Beam makes CBD products for wellness, rest, and athletic recovery.

Openly is a Boston-based company founded in 2017 by Matt Wielbut.

Plant Prefab is a Rialto-based prefabricated home factory dedicated to sustainable construction.

Beam is an Illinois-based company founded by Kenneth Ho, Teck Wai Saw and Benjamin Tan.

Corvus Insurance is a Boston-based company.

Virtahealth is a San Francisco-based healthcare company founded by Sami Inkinen.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Obvious Ventures II, L.P.
April 15, 2016
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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

Diamond Foundry

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

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News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
September 12, 2019
WebWire
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Sept 12, 2019) Incredible Health - the company powering one of the country's fastest-growing health care hiring platforms - today announced $15 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from NFX, Obvious Ventures, Precursor Ventures, and others. Incredible Health is on a mission to help health care professionals find and do their best work. This capital raise will accelerate the national expansion of their career marketplace conne...
Ingrid Lunden
August 27, 2019
TechCrunch
Hedvig, a Swedish startup, is following in the footsteps of Lemonade, building a new generation of insurance platforms that use AI to help evaluate customers and operate on a policy of using surplus for social good. Today the company announced the next stage of its growth. The startup has closed a SEK100 million ($10.4 million) [...]
Jonathan Shieber
April 22, 2019
TechCrunch
Beyond Meat, the meat replacement company whose packages of Beyond Burgers line grocery store aisles across America, has filed for an initial public offering. The company is looking to raise roughly $200 million in the stock sale for its portfolio of burger, chicken and sausage replacements, sellin...

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