Since becoming a VC in 1992, Jim has been responsible for more than forty technology investments, with a current focus on consumer/enterprise applications, web services, e-commerce, and financial technologies. He often invests in businesses that leverage network effects and/or crowd-intelligence. Jim is currently a Director of Boom Financial, GetGlue, Netsertive, OLO.com, OpenPeak, Quirky, SmartPay, and WisdomTree (WETF), and advises several seed companies, including Affinity China and Amicus.
While earning a degree in Business Administration and Computer Science at Antioch College during the early 1980's, Jim worked as an engineering intern in the solar power group at General Electric, as a programmer for Illinois state government, and later as an analyst for the 1984 Reagan Campaign. During his third year in college, he founded and was President of IV Systems, which created unix-based apps for businesses using Fortune Systems workstations. In 1986, Jim joined J.P. Morgan, where he spent four years working on technology-related assignments, initially helping develop a global risk-management system, and then as an investment banker in corporate finance. Jim earned an MBA from Harvard in 1992, and subsequently joined Hambrecht & Quist Venture Capital in San Francisco. Working nights and weekends, Jim co-founded InterVideo Response with Stuart Ellman in early 1994, which attempted to build in-stadium touchscreen ordering systems. They were ten years too early. After deciding against launching a second business involving veterinary services, the two started their own VC firm in the fall of 1994.
Jim is involved in several non-profit endeavors, and has a particular interest in the issues & rights affecting children. He is a Director of the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF-NYCP), the NYC Seed Program, and on the Advisory Board of the National Association on Drug Abuse Problems. Jim has been a member of the Young President's Organization (YPO) since 1998. Allegedly, he founded a stealth campaign-technology company in 2007 to help build a viable third-party alternative in the U.S. Importantly, he's a dog person.