Catamount Ventures takes on Clearview Software founder


US-based growth investor Catamount Ventures has appointed former Clearview Software founder James Joaquin as a partner.

Joaquin will lead investment opportunities in the consumer internet and packaged goods sectors, as well as representing the firm on several existing portfolio company boards.

Prior to Catamount, Joaquin helped build a broad range of successful consumer companies. While studying computer science at Brown University in the eighties, he co-founded Clearview Software, which was eventually acquired by Apple.

After six years working for Apple in engineering and marketing roles, Joaquin co-founded, an internet calendar and events service that was acquired by America Online. He was President and CEO of Ofoto and led the service from its founding and through to the successful acquisition by photo giant Kodak. His operating experience includes online payments as the former CEO of, and consumer cloud services as the former CEO of Xmarks.

Joaquin has been a venture investor and advisor working with Bridgescale Partners and Kapor Capital. During his time at Bridgescale, he 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 a number of 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,” said Smith.

Catamount is an early stage-focused venture capital firm, and is currently investing out of its fourth fund.

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