Julian Eison is a Managing Partner at Next Ventures, where he invests in human optimization, including preventive and acute health care innovation, wellness, and fitness. He's passionately driven by investing in entrepreneurs who are exposing industry inefficiencies, omitted or misunderstood historical facts or processes, and closing generational gaps.
Julian's relationship with venture capital has evolved as his exposure to various modalities of value creation has expanded over time. He believes success shouldn't always be articulated in ways that emphasize earning potential, but also value human enablement, and net positive impact. Through his work he's led Next Ventures investment in Humane, Vital Biosciences, Mood Health, OK Capsule, Trial Library, and Terra. Julian sits on the board of virtual primary care business, SteadyMD and OK Capsule, which makes it simple & sustainable for health & wellness companies to deliver personalized supplements.
Prior to joining Next Ventures, Julian was founder and CEO of Eison Triple Thread, a premium consumer brand where he developed FITS, a product recommendation engine that leveraged customer's musical preferences to drive product acquisition. Before his time as a founder, he spent 6 years at Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm with $19 billion in committed capital, focused on deal diligence and technology.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Julian is a member of the Black Venture Institute's inaugural cohort. In addition, he helped launch the Valence Funding Network, an initiative to link Black entrepreneurs to leading venture capitalists in Silicon Valley and other areas. He was an NCAA Division I Track & Field athlete and Big West High Jump Champion. He has been featured in TechCrunch, Yahoo Finance, WWD, The Guardian, Adweek, NBC and other publications.
He graduated from the University of California Irvine, where he earned a BA in Sociology. While at UCI he was an Academic All-American and research scholar.
Julian lives in San Francisco, CA with his wife (high school sweetheart) and their two young children.
As a member of class 27, Julian is serving his fellowship at Next Ventures under the mentorship of Melanie Strong