Alexander Mclain is a Nashville, TN native who brings a wealth of experience from both Wall Street and Silicon Valley to Oneness. As President, he oversees business development, operations, company strategy, sales and logistics. The son of a prominent ER physician and a nurse, Alex was an innovative and courageous young entrepreneur from the age of 10, later playing Division 1 soccer at Southern Methodist University before graduating from NYU with a degree in Finance. Upon graduation he was immediately hired by a top Wall Street firm in the hedge fund space, learning hands-on about startup management and the capital raise process. Alex’s next position was at a start-up in the AI space, where he was inspired by the technology the founder had invented and helped to grow the business.
Alex embraced a change of scene when he was hired in a sales and marketing role at LinkedIn in Silicon Valley in 2015. He quickly fell in love with California culture and became fascinated by plant based medicine and its potential to improve psycho-spiritual well being. After several years of success at the company, Alex realized that he needed to balance a corporate career with his growing spiritual awareness. Although surrounded by phenomenally affluent people and companies, he recognized that these physical manifestations of success alone would not ultimately make him happy. Thus, after LinkedIn was acquired by Microsoft and his stock options vested, Alex embarked on a quest for enlightenment that would take him around the globe in search of the most powerful means of healing and inner growth.
Alex’s journey began when a close relative was struggling with severe addiction and mental health and traditional rehabs were failing to restore her health. After researching alternative medicine and plant-based solutions to these issues, he brought her to Ecuador for a two week Ayahuasca and San Pedro retreat. The result was extraordinary: not only did experiencing the plants heal his afflicted relative and restore her brain to a healthy state, it also alleviated his own depression, marking a huge turning point for his family. Spiritual transformation had now become the driving force in Alex’s life, leading him to buy a one-way ticket to South America, where he spent seven months volunteering at a shamanic retreat center, then traveled all around the South American continent, learning more about plant medicines, energy work, agriculture and sustainable farming. It was at this time that Alex first envisioned a company that could make plant medicine accessible to the mass market.
Continuing his odyssey, Alex decided that in addition to learning about plant medicines, he also needed to master the skill of meditation and find additional tools to connect to a universal higher power. After being introduced to world renowned teacher and yogic master Sadhguru at a Los Angeles ceremony, he concluded that yoga and meditation provided a direct path to enlightenment. Returning home to Nashville, he learned about digital marketing through working for a family friend, integrating his spiritual experience with the discipline required for success. He then applied for a place in a six month long training at Sadhguru’s ashram in India. There, he followed an extremely rigorous program of Hatha Yoga and meditation, accruing 2000 hours of training in a yogic practice based in subtle precise geometry and alignment of the body and energy with cosmic geometry, connecting with power of the universe. In addition to discovering Ayurveda and Siddha medicine, the extreme endurance Alex learned through this experience deeply grounded him, in preparation for his next phase of life.
Alex’s path changed forever in 2019, when he met beautiful, visionary young scientist Dr Neha Raje at Sadhguru’s US ashram center, based in Tennessee. A friendship quickly grew between the two, and soon Alex was working in a sales and support role for a new technology Neha had invented, Oneness OS®. Alex’s background in business and start-ups in particular made him a natural fit for the role of President at the newly formed company, Oneness. The powerful connection between Alex and Neha soon resulted in a relationship and then marriage in 2020. Sharing core values and a vision of the world in which culture is transformed through an understanding of the interconnectedness of all life, the couple began to grow the company together. After a highly successful engagement at the University of Connecticut’s prestigious Technology Incubation Program, in 2021 Alex led the company to its first round of capital investment, through the family office of a prominent investment banking family based in New York City, at a pre-money valuation of $50M. He continues to lead both business and philanthropic initiatives for Oneness and brings his unique brand of wisdom, integrity and vision to every sphere of the company.