Sustainable Systems

11/28/2022

Generative AI That Saves Lives

Bringing Generative AI into the healthcare stack can deliver extraordinary possibilities

11/14/2022

Always Look On the Brightside

Jessica was walking into work one morning at a large distribution center in rural Illinois when something caught her eye. It was an advertisement for...

10/17/2022

Building the SMB Central Nervous System

Verticalized tech for SMBs, a once untenable VC category, is about to have its moment

10/03/2022

The Future of FemTech Is Here

From innovations in contraception to hormone hacking

09/27/2022

Rebuilding the Healthcare Delivery Stack, Brick by Brick

A guide to the modernization of healthcare

09/20/2022

The Climate Bill’s Hidden Win

The climate bill, or the Inflation Reduction Act in DC-speak, represents a sea change in American climate policy. The financial impacts on climate funding have...

09/06/2022

The Tripping Point

The rising promise of psychedelic medicine

08/30/2022

Engineering Culture Like an EV

How Lightship’s Head of Manufacturing is building sustainable RVs and an inclusive culture

08/24/2022

The ESG Term Sheet

The 2022 Sequel to the World Positive Term Sheet

07/05/2022

Fixing the Fickle Finances of Healthcare

How entrepreneurs are helping consumers get better-priced, higher-quality care—with more opportunities ahead

06/21/2022

BONUS: Series Wrap Up with Andrew Beebe and Emily Brady

For this bonus episode, we’re flipping the script.

06/14/2022

Accelerating Fast Charging with Cathy Zoi

Cathy Zoi is the CEO of EVgo, America’s largest fast charging network for electric vehicles.

06/07/2022

Why We Need Nuclear with Rachel Slaybaugh

Dr. Rachel Slaybaugh is a nuclear expert and investor at DCVC, where she focuses on climate tech.

05/31/2022

The Surprising, Hidden Impact of Insurance

Corvus CEO Phil Edmundson is building a safer world at the intersection of insurance and technology

05/24/2022

Why a Payments Company Went All In On Carbon Removal

Nan Ransohoff is Head of Climate at Stripe. As part of her role, Nan leads Frontier, an advance market commitment for carbon removal.

05/17/2022

From Journalist to VC with Molly Wood

Molly Wood is an investor at the early stage venture firm LAUNCH, and co-host of This Week in Startups.

05/10/2022

Building ‘Stuff That Matters’ with Tony Fadell

Tony Fadell led the teams that brought us the iPod, iPhone, and the Nest thermostat.

05/03/2022

The Optimistic Path Forward with Jason Jacobs

Jason Jacobs is the creator and host of My Climate Journey, a podcast that demystifies climate change and helps people make a difference.

04/26/2022

Making Big Companies Change with Maria Fujihara

Maria Fujihara is Founder & CEO of SINAI Technologies, the world’s leading enterprise software platform to measure, analyze, price, and reduce emissions.

04/19/2022

Ken Chahine and the Laws of Nature

How the CEO of Nectar Life Sciences got to now—and plans to end allergies as we know them

04/19/2022

Building a Climate Army with Jigar Shah

To begin the series, we speak with Jigar Shah, Director for the Loan Programs Office at the U.S. Department of Energy.

04/12/2022

Introducing Obvious Ideas

In hindsight, all great ideas are Obvious.

01/20/2022

Menopause Meets Its Match. Her Name Is Sally Mueller.

Womaness Co-Founder/CEO Sally Mueller brings a dynamic-yet-practical outlook to a long overlooked category

01/19/2022

22 Fintech Predictions for 2022 and Beyond

Purpose-driven founders are primed to transform our financial systems. Get ready.

01/13/2022

10 Climate Tech Predictions For 2022

Spoiler alert: Growth will be ubiquitous in the Decarb Decade

01/12/2022

10 Predictions: Knowledge Work in 2022

Re-moat advantages, new kids on the blockchain, and more

01/04/2022

The Unstoppable Determination of Michelle Longmire, MD

Medable’s Co-founder/CEO on her father’s falconry, never listening to the no’s, and getting more molecules to market

12/14/2021

Orchestration Software: Unlocking Superpowers for SMBs

Small business owners are primed to gain equal footing in crowded e-commerce landscapes

12/14/2021

22 Healthcare Predictions For 2022

The past 24 months have been a reckoning for a legacy healthcare system drowning in rising costs and preventable casualties. The gaps in access, resources,...

12/07/2021

How to Build a Time Machine

The four elements of thematic venture capital

11/30/2021

The World Positive Report Returns

As the rules of ESG in VC are being written, let’s focus on the metrics that matter

10/19/2021

The New New Deal

Building the economic infrastructure for a new era of self-employment

09/21/2021

Cracking the Carbon Conundrum

The Four R’s of Carbon, for our collective consideration

09/21/2021

Maria Fujihara Decarbonizes the World

SINAI Technology’s Founder & CEO on getting fired in Brazil, hiring herself in the Bay Area, and the climate tech revolution ahead

09/08/2021

Identity-Aligned Interventions

A more inclusive healthcare system is emerging. It’s time to accelerate the change

07/21/2021

Making Healthcare a 24/7 Affair

Anytime, anywhere care → improved outcomes at lower costs

03/31/2021

Welcome To (the New) Wall Street

Today’s retail rebalancing is enabling a first-of-its-kind, broad base of long-term wealth creation. It’s about time.

01/25/2021

We Have Entered the Climate Decade

A long boom of climate tech is just getting started

01/12/2021

Why We Work

How might we design a better toolkit for professional transformation in this new world?

12/08/2020

Human-Centered Finance

Millions more Americans are in financial distress today. It’s time to rewrite the personal finance playbook, with purpose.

12/01/2020

Reimagining ESG Reporting For Startups

Introducing Obvious’ first ever World Positive Report

09/10/2020

Finding Wealth in Health

Why the next great consumer company will be a health-focused platform

08/12/2020

Risk Rewards

Insurtech providers are set to play an increasingly critical role in making civil society more resilient today

07/21/2020

These Robots Learn. Meet Their Teacher.

Dexterity CEO Samir Menon draws on neuroscience, mathematics, and computer science to build robots of the future, today. He’s also a poet.

07/14/2020

The Persuasion Equation

A marketing playbook for technical founders and teams, rooted in truthful storytelling

07/07/2020

Delightful Board Meetings

A recipe for effective and enjoyable startup board meetings

05/27/2020

Designing a Better Remote Reality

With the exponential implications of remote work emerging, it’s time to move forward with meaningful intention

05/10/2020

Venture Capital Needs a Complete Reset

Only by returning to its roots can the VC industry thrive in the years ahead

03/03/2020

Operationalizing Purpose

A practical, Patagonia-inspired guide for entrepreneurs on purpose, values, and the philosophies that underpin it all

01/30/2020

A Modern Guide to Lean OKRs, Part III

Making it happen

01/29/2020

A Modern Guide to Lean OKRs, Part II

The basics of setting Lean OKRs: be brief and look for the RAMPS

01/28/2020

A Modern Guide to Lean OKRs, Part I

Retrofitting a classic tool with purpose, values, and systems that scale for startups

11/21/2019

Productivity Tools Go Vertical

Five questions for entrepreneurs to consider before diving in

10/29/2019

The New Biology

A counterintuitive approach to biological design is unlocking life-saving therapies and novel materials

07/18/2019

The Frictionless Future

Urban infrastructure brings us closer to exponentially better living

06/26/2019

The Rise of Purpose-Driven Marketplaces

An inspiring purpose, curated convenience, and thoughtful personalization is their recipe for success

04/30/2019

Industrial IQ: Where High Tech Meets Low Tech

Tech is breaking out of the Silicon Valley sandbox, transforming traditional, trillion-dollar industries in the process.

04/23/2019

A Tale of Two Cities, 2030 Edition

A great migration forces an existential question for the modern metropolis: how might entrepreneurs upgrade urban living over the next ten years?

02/19/2019

A Sea Change in Seafood

XpertSea Co-founder and CEO Valerie Robitaille is transforming aquaculture systems with technology, and making it a family affair.

12/17/2018

The Top Ten World Positive Stories of 2018

Just in time to restore your faith in the world

12/16/2018

A Boon for Business, Creating a Windfall for Causes

Boon Supply founder and CEO Lily Kanter takes e-commerce consciously to the next level

12/05/2018

Food Is Medicine, and Neka Pasquale Wants to be Your Doctor.

The story behind Urban Remedy founder Neka Pasquale’s quest to deliver a sensual, colorful, and healing experience with food.

11/27/2018

Incredible. Immigrant. Inspiring. Introducing Iman Abuzeid.

The Incredible Health Co-Founder/CEO has been flying under the radar, but those days may be numbered

11/13/2018

Building Better Machines That Are Better for Humans

Canvas Co-Founder and CTO Maria Telleria brings her vision, values, and Ph.D. to bear on a construction industry in need of reinvention. Maria Telleria became...

10/30/2018

Leslie Silverglide Flips the Fast Food Script

The visionary co-founder/CEO shares her personal journey and take on the societal shifts that led to MIXT

10/24/2018

Miyoko Schinner, the Premier Pioneer of Plant-Based Cheese

A window into the winding, trying, and inspiring making of a movement

09/17/2018

The Five Forces of Food

The food industry is undergoing a seismic shift. Here's why.

09/06/2018

Preparing for Liftoff

Electric flight will transform our cities for the better, and it will happen sooner than you might think

07/26/2018

It Takes More Than Tech to Redefine a Trillion Dollar Category

Recursion Pharmaceuticals’ performance is also driven by an ambitious purpose, a values-driven culture, and the Silicon Slopes. Here’s a look at the people behind the progress

06/26/2018

The New Intelligence

Modern AI and the fundamental undoing of the scientific method

03/01/2018

The Easy Thing About Hard Things In Health Care

Ask any person with type 2 diabetes what it’s like living with the disease. You’re likely to hear stories of health problems compounding other health...

02/21/2018

The Seeds of a Building Revolution

With purpose as its foundation, Plant Prefab pursues a half trillion dollar market

02/12/2018

Pouring New Foundations in Construction Tech

In 1943 Abraham Maslow published his seminal paper titled A Theory of Human Motivation, in which he posited a prioritization protocol for human needs, now know...

01/23/2018

Profits *Because of* Purpose

Milton Friedman would agree: give the people what they want

07/31/2017

The Death of “Alternative Energy”

Fifteen years ago, when I joined the early ranks of clean energy entrepreneurs, we were nearly dead in the water on climate. Oil was $15...

05/18/2017

The Org is Your Product. The People are Your Customers. Design Their Journey.

Welcome to the dawn of a new age in People Operations & HR

04/04/2017

The Engine of Purpose That Drives Successful Companies

Inside the healthy tensions that fueled us at Patagonia, and what entrepreneurs can learn as they themselves build for the long term

01/18/2017

Manufacturing Goes Digital

A blueprint for the future rooted in lessons from the past

01/12/2017

Introducing the World Positive Term Sheet

Much has already been written about the proverbial term sheet. From Intel and Apple to Google and Facebook, tech giants have fueled their engines with venture...

01/05/2017

Down With Bias, Up With Profitability

Too many founders/CEO’s are dismissing the data. To the rescue: Joelle Emerson and the team at Paradigm, guiding us on how to fight the unconscious demons within.

12/06/2016

Words of Wisdom From the Queen of Quality Content Marketing

First Round’s Camille Ricketts successfully built the Harvard Business Review for startups from scratch. Now she’s got some content advice of her own to impart.

09/19/2016

Seven Habits of a Highly Effective Board

Lessons Learned From the Board of Directors of Seventh Generation

09/08/2016

Artificial Intelligence Wants To Make Us Healthier, If We Let It

Few words are thrown around Silicon Valley as often as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) these days. Startups promising to create new businesses...

12/10/2015

The Coming Electrification of Everything

At Obvious Ventures, we believe stored electricity, increasingly derived from renewable sources, will entirely replace fossil fuels as the preferred method to power everything in...