San Francisco-based Catamount Ventures has added James Joaquin as a partner focusing on the consumer internet and consumer packaged goods sectors. Joaquin has a long track record for starting consumer companies. He co-founded Clearview Software while studying at Brown University in the 1980s. He later formed When.com, which was acquired by AOL. He also served as president and chief executive of Ofoto, later bought by Kodak.
Catamount Ventures today announced that James Joaquin will join the early stage venture capital firm as a Partner. James brings over 25 years of experience building technology companies as a leader and an investor. His entrepreneurial energy, consumer marketing and trend-spotting expertise have helped create new categories such as online photography, web-based calendaring and the Personal Digital Assistant.
In his new role, James will lead investment opportunities in the consumer internet and consumer packaged goods sectors and will represent the company on several existing portfolio company boards. Catamount’s growing portfolio of internet and consumer companies includes category leaders such as Café Press, GridNet, Linden Lab, Nest Collective, Revolution Foods, and Seventh Generation.
Prior to Catamount, James has helped build a broad range of successful consumer companies. While studying computer science at Brown University in the 80’s, James co-founded Clearview Software, a company acquired by Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL). After six years at Apple in engineering and marketing roles, James co-founded When.com, an internet calendar and events service that was acquired by America Online (NYSE: AOL). He was President and CEO of Ofoto and led the service from its start through the successful acquisition by Kodak (NYSE: EK). His operating experience includes online payments as the former CEO of Xoom.com, and consumer cloud services as the former CEO of Xmarks.
James has been a venture investor and advisor working with Bridgescale Partners and Kapor Capital. During his time at Bridgescale, James led the Series B investment in Catamount portfolio company Nest Collective, and has been working alongside Managing Director Jed Smith on the Nest Board of Directors for numerous years.
“We are thrilled to add James to the Catamount Team. His entrepreneurial zeal, investment successes and general fun character are a terrific fit for Catamount and our goal to create world changing companies that have positive and lasting impact.”
– Jed Smith, Catamount Founder
Catamount’s team expansion includes the addition of Patrick Fitzgerald as a Principal. He is a recent Stanford GSB graduate, who was first introduced as a Summer Intern in 2010. Patrick will identify and evaluate new investment opportunities and work with existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Catamount, he was an investor at the private equity firm General Atlantic, focused on high growth, California technology companies. Patrick also has financial services experience with firms including Bear Stearns and Citigroup Global Markets where he advised companies in M&A and corporate finance. Patrick received a finance degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MBA from Stanford University.
About Catamount Ventures
Catamount Ventures is an early stage focused venture capital fund investing in innovative thinkers determined to see world-changing ideas become reality. Catamount seeks to build long-term value from the foundation up, working alongside entrepreneurs to revolutionize industries. The firm is currently investing out of its fourth fund.