Founder and Managing Partner
Adrian is a founder and managing partner of Hyphae Partners where he helps companies build regenerative business models. He is also a lecturer on food innovation at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business and is helping design and teach an entrepreneurship intensive for farmers at the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. Previously, he has worked at Patagonia within its Venture Capital arm Tin Shed Ventures helping author a standard for Regenerative Organic Agriculture and exploring Regenerative Organic Land Funds. He is a graduate of Berkeley Haas’ full-time MBA program. At Haas, Adrian was a portfolio manager of the Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund, a member of the Center for Responsible Business’ Student Advisory Board, and co-taught a speaker series on Transformations in the Food Industry. Prior to Haas Adrian worked at Morgan Stanley for six years and helped long time horizon investors manage their asset allocations. Adrian received a B.A. in English from Williams College, studied English literature at Exeter College, Oxford University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He’s an avid chef, backyard farmer and budding yogi.
François-Jérôme (FJ) Selosse
Founder and Managing Partner
FJ is a founder and managing partner of Hyphae Partners, where he helps connect impact investment capital to regenerative businesses and projects. As a former fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund and member of the sustainability team at TPG Capital, he has helped private companies design and implement sustainability strategies. He is a graduate of Berkeley Haas’ full-time MBA program. At Haas, he focused on researching and designing blended financial structures that catalyze and align development, conservation and agricultural stakeholders. Prior to his MBA, FJ spent seven years working for investment banks and investment funds to manage and invest capital across industries and asset classes. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Statistics from the Ecole Polytechnique in France, and a M.S. in Financial Engineering from New York University. When he is not spending time with his 2-year old daughter Margaux, FJ can be found protecting his backyard garden from ravenous Bay Area squirrels.
CHAIRMAN AND PARTNER
Will is the chairman of Hyphae Partners and is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, investor and thought leader. His thirty-five year career has focused on the nexus of food & agriculture, sustainable entrepreneurship, impact investing, and education. As an entrepreneur Will helped create the premium tea category in the U.S as the founding CEO of The Republic of Tea. He also helped grow Odwalla and Brand New Brands, a functional food incubator he founded in 2004.
Throughout his time as an investor, Will has led three venture capital funds and served on the board of several dozen companies including LeapFrog, Revolution Foods, GoodGuide, Pharmaca, and Yummly. One of these funds, Physic Ventures, was the first venture capital firm focused on supporting early-stage health and sustainability companies. While running Physic, Will worked closely with Unilever, Physic’s anchor investor, guiding Unilever’s strategic venture activities in the US for a decade. Will currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Generation Investment Management, a sustainable investment management firm chaired by Al Gore.
As a long-time faculty member at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, Will developed the country’s first MBA courses in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Venture Development. He is currently teaching Edible Education 101 with Alice Waters and the interdisciplinary graduate school course Food Innovation Studio. Will serves as the faculty director of The Sustainable Food Initiative within the Center for Responsible Business and is on the Executive Committee of the Berkeley Food Institute.
Will’s work has garnered many accolades and has been profiled in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Business Week, USA Today, and the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2016, Will was recognized as one of the 7 shapers of the future of food by Bon Appetit magazine and in 2010 he was the recipient of the Oslo Business for Peace Award. Will was a co-author of The Republic of Tea: How an Idea Becomes a Business, which was named one of the 100 Best Business Books of all time. Outside of these pursuits, Will is an avid gardener and enjoys sharing the bounty of his garden with his students and community.