James is a venture operator, investor, and advisor who takes a hands-on approach to fund creation and management, corporate and financial design, partnership development, capital formation, team building, and exit strategy and execution. As a Partner in Mach49’s Corporate Investing practice, James drives growth for global clients by designing and executing world-class venture capital funds and venture studios.
Prior to joining Mach49, James co-founded and managed Closed Loop Capital — an early stage agriculture technology and food system innovation venture capital fund — where he invested in diverse biotechnology, SaaS, data service, food science, digital health, and consumer product businesses. He also oversaw corporate financing initiatives, strategic planning, and client acquisition at e2e Materials — a cleantech bio-composite startup, facilitated global fintech startup eSecLending’s acquisition by TA Associates, and founded and managed a corporate venture wine importing business.
Since beginning his career servicing high-net worth client accounts at Eaton Vance Management, James has served as a venture strategy advisor for new enterprises, investors, corporations, foundations, and special purpose entities. He has acted as a judge, mentor, and Advisory Board member for several incubators and accelerators — including Village Capital’s US Agriculture & Food programs — and recently became a Fellow with Margaret Atwood’s future design program, Practical Utopias.
James holds a BA from Hamilton College, completed additional studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and earned an MBA at the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, where he focused on venture creation and financing, led the venture capital fund BR Ventures, and served as a Teaching Assistant for Cornell Law School’s IPO / M&A Process and Law for High Growth courses. He was later recognized by Cornell as a Jonas Weil Entrepreneur Fellow for his dedication to venture creation and development.