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James Joaquin


Mr. James Joaquin is a Co-Founder and serves as the Managing Director at Obvious Ventures. He also serves as Board Member at Enervee & Incredible. He also serves as Senior Advisor at Kairos Society. He is a Board Member of Joy. He served as a Partner at Catamount Ventures. He joined the Catamount team in 2011, and has been working closely with the firm as an investor. James brings several years of experience building technology companies as a leader and an investor. His consumer marketing and trend-spotting expertise have helped create new categories such as online photography, web-based calendaring and the Personal Digital Assistant. While studying computer science at Brown University in the 80's, James co-founded Clearview Software, a company later acquired by Apple. After 6 years at Apple in engineering and marketing roles, James co-founded, an Internet calendar and events service that was acquired by America Online. After that successful acquisition, James was President and CEO of Ofoto. The service was acquired by Kodak in 2001 and James led the subsidiary to global market leadership thanks to over 20 million happy Ofoto users. His operating experience includes online payments as the former CEO of, and consumer cloud services, as the former CEO of Xmarks and current Chairman of Pixelpipe. James is a passionate investor, with an eye toward finding and growing insanely great consumer products and services. As a Venture Partner at Bridgescale, a growth equity investment firm, he played a key role in three investments: Snapvine (acquired by, IMVU, and Plum Organics. More recently James worked closely with Mitch Kapor as an advisor to Kapor Capital. The Catamount core value to make the world a better place is preached and practiced by James. He is an angel investor in eco-centric companies across energy, transportation, and media. He served as a Board Member at Plum.

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Primary Office
  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States

James Joaquin Investments (27)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Fetcher 30-Oct-2018 Seed Round 00.00 Human Capital Services Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
0000000 21-Feb-2017 0000 00000 00.00 Human Capital Services Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
000 (000000 000000 06-Jan-2016 00000 00000 00.00 Financial Software Startup 00000 0000000
000000000 20-May-2015 00000 00000 000.00 Decision/Risk Analysis Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
0000 13-Jan-2015 00000 00000 000 Media and Information Services (B2B) Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
0000 02-Dec-2014 0000 00000 00.00 Social/Platform Software Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
0000000 28-May-2014 00000 00000 00.000 Multimedia and Design Software Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
000 (000000 000000 09-May-2014 0000 00000 000 Financial Software Startup 00000 0000000
Workpop 18-Apr-2014 Seed Round 00000 Social/Platform Software Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
Metabiota 20-Mar-2014 Seed Round 00.00 Decision/Risk Analysis Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
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James Joaquin Exits (13)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size Status Buyers
Workpop 12-Sep-2018 Merger/Acquisition 000.00 Completed
000000 17-May-2016 000000000000000000 00000 Completed
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0000 20-Apr-2016 000000000000000000 000.00 Completed
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00000000 01-Jan-2016 000000000000000000 Completed
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000000000 03-Sep-2015 000000000000000000 Completed
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00000000 28-Oct-2013 000000000000000000 Completed
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000000000 02-Aug-2013 0000000000: 000000 Completed
00000 000000000000 03-Aug-2012 000000000000000000 000 Completed
  • 000000000
MEDIUM 02-Mar-2012 Merger/Acquisition Completed
SuperSecret 01-Mar-2011 Merger/Acquisition Completed
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James Joaquin Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office Contact
James Joaquin Angel Investor 00 0 0 San Francisco, CA

James Joaquin Co-Investors (47)

Name With Exits Lead Partner
Balmoral Funds 1 0
Birchmere Ventures 0 0
Capricorn Investment Group 0 0
First Round Capital 0 0
Foundation Capital 0 0
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