Think Like A Founder

036: James Connolly - Founder and CEO of Villa

October 01, 2021 James Connolly - Founder and CEO of Villa Season 4 Episode 3
Think Like A Founder
036: James Connolly - Founder and CEO of Villa
Show Notes

On this episode of Think Like A Founder, SNP Co-Founder & CEO Maureen Taylor speaks with James Connolly, Co-Founder and CEO of Villa. They talk about taking the path of minimal regret, knowing your first idea won’t be your best, and building a team to lean into your strengths.

Villa builds high-quality, prefab accessory dwelling units efficiently and for a low cost. Their mission is to help solve the housing crisis through a visionary plan and hard work. Before co-founding Villa, James co-founded Olive, a company that attempted to create a network of sleeping pods across underutilized parking lots to solve the housing crisis among the “commuting workforce.” James attended UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

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Series Producer: Mike Sullivan
Sound Design: Marc Ream 
Content and Scripting: Jaselin Drown
Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas
Thanks also to Róisín Hunt, Selena Persiani-Shell, Jordan Bailey, Matt Johnson, Eli Shell, John Hughes, and Renn Vara.