Mr. Jim Lawnin

Managing Partner, BBL Ventures; Co-Founder, Energy Blockchain Consortium


Jim Lawnin is a innovation leader in helping companies digitally transform their business operations through emerging technologies. He has a career in building and leading global consulting practices in the oil and gas, utilities, manufacturing, and life science industries.

Today, he is Managing Partner of BBL Ventures, a venture capital fund and consulting firm focused on early stage investing in emerging technologies for the energy industry. BBLV is the leading innovation partner to large enterprises and is uniquely structured to help early-stage startups gain traction in the energy industry.

Jim is an active angel investor and board member of Houston Angel Network (HAN), one of the most active angel groups in the US. He co-leads their energy sub group. He has mentored startups at Station Houston, Rice University, Stanford University and Surge Accelerator.

He is a co-founder of the Energy Blockchain Consortium, a nonprofit organization focused on developing industry standards and use cases. He is the consortium’s Chief Innovation Officer & GM for Oil & Gas.

Jim has a BS in Petroleum Engineering, MBA and Accounting degrees. He has held the following designations: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and Licensed Professional Engineer (PE).


At XChain2, Mr. Lawnin will be a panelist discussing:

Strength in Numbers - Benefits of a Consortium

--Learning from existing consortia, their current status, accomplishments, and future plans

--Weighing the benefits of joining a business-focused vs. technology-focused consortium

--Exploring the technological and financial benefits of participating in different consortia

--Benefiting from consortium networks and accessing the full potential of the blockchain