James Benedict

James is Co-Founder of Left Tackle Capital. Left Tackle Capital’s mission is to change the demographic and culture of asset management. Prior to founding Left Tackle Capital, James spent 20 plus years in leading. private equity and venture capital firms. James has extensive experience investing in enterprises which disproportionately benefit women and minorities: He is a founding advisory board member of Maverick Collective. Maverick Collective is a groundbreaking philanthropic and advocacy initiative aimed at catalyzing the next wave of social investors setting out to improve the health and rights of girls and women worldwide. Maverick Collective was co-founded by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess of Norway Mette-Marit and Melinda Gates, co- chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He serves on the advisory board of Mogul, a technology platform that enables women in over 30,000 cities in nearly 200 countries to share ideas, seek advice, access content while offering mentorship and promoting entrepreneurship. He is co-author of Rocks My Soul, the story of the 1981 Jack Yates Lions, the first all African-American football team to breakthrough and make it to the Texas state championship. James has a Ph.D. in International Economics from Columbia University.

Describe the Impact of a Project you’re focused on.

At Left Tackle Capital we are working on changing where capital ultimately flows in America. We do so by addressing the misalignment between capital allocation and economic opportunity.

What results do you hope for when the impact is amplified?

Capital flowing - at scale and with velocity - to businesses led by women and people of color - and doing so because this is good business...

What do you have to offer as a connector? What can you give as expertise to others?

I have been blessed with an "uncommon table" of relationships and enjoy opening doors for authentic, purpose led individuals. I have also spend 30 years as an investor and entrepreneur and am happy to share insights and experience with good people.