James Macon
Partner, Venture Investing

James is a high-growth venture executive, investor, and advisor who takes a hands-on approach to venture capital fund creation and management, corporate design and strategy, and team development. As a Partner in Mach49’s Venture Investing practice, James drives growth and transformation for global clients by leading the design, implementation, and execution of high-impact venture investing programs and funds.

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 his investments spanned biotechnology, SaaS, data service, food science, digital health, and consumer product businesses. As an early employee at eSecLending — now one of the leading global securities fintech companies — James helped establish and scale marketing and business development capabilities, as well as facilitate global strategic planning and the acquisition by TA Associates. His other early entrepreneurial endeavors included overseeing corporate financing initiatives, strategic planning, and client acquisition at e2e Materials — a cleantech bio-composite startup — and founding a corporate venture wine importing and distribution business.

Since beginning his career in high-net worth client account management at Eaton Vance Management, James has served as a venture strategy advisor and board member for hundreds of new enterprises, investors, corporations, foundations, and special purpose entities. He has been invited to serve as a judge, mentor, and advisory board member for several incubators and accelerators, including Village Capital’s US Agriculture & Food programs. James also recently became a Fellow with Margaret Atwood’s future design program, Practical Utopias.

James holds a BA from Hamilton College, completed additional honors 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.