James is currently the CEO of McCann Investments & Advisory, LLC, which has invested in some of the most exciting startups in the grocery tech, food tech, and consumer goods areas.
With over 20 years of experience running grocery retail businesses around the world for Ahold-Delhaize, Tesco and Carrefour, McCann is quickly able to understand new business ideas, make invest decisions and help founders to accelerate their company’s growth.
If you have a great idea in one of these areas, need funding and are looking for a value added investor contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a list of some of his larger investments where he also works with the founders or sits on the board:
Deliv is a leading crowdsourced, last mile logistics company that powers scheduled, same day delivery and returns for 5,000+ businesses including 25 of the nation’s top national omnichannel retailers as well as leading e-commerce companies, local businesses and traditional parcel carriers. Focused exclusively on moving goods, Deliv operates as a service for delivering items rather than a marketplace that sells them.
The company currently operates in 35 markets and more than 1,400 cities. Deliv is headquartered in Menlo Park, California and is backed by global leaders such as United Parcel Service, Google, Enterprise Holdings, General Motors as well as leading financial investors and the nation’s top REIT investors. For more information, visit www.deliv.co.
Anyone who has ever talked to James instantly recognizes his value. James encourages, educates and inspires. With his unique background in business leadership and tech, James is focused on game-changing technological advancements and will no doubt fuel and accelerate our growth trajectory.
Daphne Carmeli, founder and CEO of Deliv
Fetch Rewards makes it easy to save on your every day grocery purchases by removing the limitations of other apps. No store limitations, no having to clip special offers, no worrying about missing out on savings. All you need to do is snap a picture of your receipt and points will be put into your account. It is that easy. Fetch Rewards works for ANY grocery receipt. Take a picture of your receipt each time you purchase groceries and you’ll earn points for every item you purchase from the 250+ popular brands in the app. Accumulate points and redeem them for free rewards to hundreds of popular retailers.
Over the past 6 months, James has been a crucial member of the team helping to shape our strategic roadmap. He has pushed our leadership team to think bigger than we otherwise would and take a 5 to 10 year view. His deep experience from all sides of the industry give him a unique perspective that allows him to provide insights and guidance that few people can provide and to see the macro movements of a very complex industry.
James is also a seasoned executive who has provided great coaching for myself in how to lead an organization and deal with dissenting views. He has a unique ability to think through problems from both sides of the table and identify how conversations will play out. This is crucial to the execution of all ideas.
Wes Schroll, CEO of Fetch Rewards
Takeoff strives to transform the way we do online grocery retailing by developing a marketplace of efficient automated micro fulfillment centers to solve the cost and immediacy of the delivery’s last mile. Takeoff is a platform that enables existing retailers to sell groceries online in a viable way. We want to allow customers to buy online the full assortment of a supermarket and pick up their order in a convenient location, as soon as 30 minutes after setting their order and without paying for the service.
James has been a superb advisor for Takeoff Technologies. His knowledge of the grocery retail industry and in depth perspective on how the key players think has been fundamental in how we have structured our value proposition for retailers. The result has been tangible for us with great acceptance from the retail community on our innovative technology solution.
Moreover, as a business leader, James is a real example of what he calls in his book the ability to re-tool yourself in life. From a very successful traditional economy grocery retail executive to a very dynamic high tech investor and advisor, he shows first hand it is feasible to re-invent your career and stay successful.
Jose Vicente Aguerrevere, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Takeoff Technologies Inc.
Datasembly collects pricing data from across the web with the goal to collect every price of every product sold in every store every day. The Datasembly CPG Prices product provides access to millions of grocery- and retail-pricing records aggregated from hundreds of grocery delivery and online shopping websites. This data is highly volatile and notoriously difficult to collect, but using specialized technology, Datasembly aggregates and transforms this data so organizations can use it effectively. These prices currently power economic indicators, market research, and consumer apps.
James is an invaluable advisor for Datasembly and has been instrumental to our success. His expertise regarding the industry dynamics in grocery and retail is hard to overstate, and his ability to understand where the industry is moving has been a huge boon to Datasembly. Furthermore, he has been incredibly generous in connecting us to his network.
James has provided guidance far beyond just industry knowledge and connections. His understanding of what it takes to build a company and to thrive as a startup in today’s environment has helped guide Datasembly’s growth.
Many of his insights about the world of technology are included in his book, which has been a fantastic resource. I only wish I had been able to read it when I was getting started. It is an engrossing read that covers the startup scene and its effects on society with clarity and foresight.
Ben Reich, CEO of Datasembly
Food waste is a huge problem – Flashfoods is helping grocery retailers sell high quality excess food to families that need good food at great prices.
Jyve is a talent marketplace and business optimization platform for brands and retailers. The grocery tech company connects clients with quality-certified talent who accomplish a variety of in-store jobs including Auditing, Brand Ambassadorship, Display Building, E-Fulfillment Shopping, Merchandising, Ordering, Stocking, and more. Jyve leverages proprietary technology to dynamically surface in-store jobs to their talent network and give real-time visibility to their clients. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Jyve was founded in 2015 by Bradford Oberwager, Cammy Bergren, James Kairos, and Sam Purtill with the mission to change the way the world works.
PayByCar, the in-vehicle payment innovator, makes it easier and safer than ever for people to pay drive-up retailers while in their cars. Using the toll transponders drivers already use and love, PayByCar eliminates payment hassles and security risks so people can get back on the road in no time.
Bowery is the modern farming company growing the purest produce imaginable. We are on a mission to grow food for a better future by revolutionizing agriculture. By combining the benefits of the best local farms with advances made possible by technology, our indoor farms create the ideal conditions to grow post-organic produce you can feel good about eating. BoweryOS, our proprietary software system, uses vision systems, automation technology, and machine learning to monitor plants and all the variables that drive their growth 24/7. Because we control the entire process from seed to store, Bowery farms use zero pesticides, 95% less water, and are 100+ times more productive on the same footprint of land than traditional agriculture. Our produce is currently available at select Whole Foods and Foragers stores in the Tristate area. Our produce is also featured on the menus of Tom Colicchio’s New York restaurants Craft and Fowler & Wells. Bowery is based in New York City and has raised $27.5M from some of the best investors in the world, including General Catalyst, GGV Capital, GV (formerly Google Ventures) and First Round Capital. We are also backed by established leaders and innovators in the food industry, including Top Chef judge and restaurateur Tom Colicchio.
James has been fantastic to work with from the start. He has an amazing ability to blend a true understanding and empathy for the entrepreneur with years of operational experience from his career. Whether he’s giving general advice, acting as a sounding board for a strategic or management issue, or providing context from the lens of a larger organization, James always has the time and willingness to dive in and think through a problem or question.
James takes his commitment as an investor or advisor seriously. He cares about the companies he works with and the people that are a part of them. He’s genuinely interested in helping out in whatever way he can, and he wants to see the best for the people and the company rather than simply looking out for an investment. I’ve greatly enjoyed working with James up to this point and am excited for all that’s ahead as well.
Irving Fain, CEO & Founder of Bowery Farming
Grillo’s Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family’s 100-year old recipe—one he’d memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. Theyʼd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business, but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before. Before he knew it, Whole Foods Markets and the Boston Red Sox asked to feature the pickles. Others promptly followed. Today, you can find Grilloʼs Pickles in grocery stores across the country. Even so, not much has changed. At its core, the company will always be Travis and his buddies spreading the word about these awesome pickles, just like years ago in the Boston Common. The pickle itself hasnʼt changed, either. Itʼs still garden-fresh, all natural, and refreshingly delicious. They think itʼs the best pickle in the world.