No stranger to the startup mentality, Jim has spent the last 14 years starting, building and investing in companies on the leading edge of technology and social enterprise. Jim’s most recent exit was Ascendant Technology, a $100MM global systems integrator widely regarded as one of IBM’s best digital innovators. Ascendant was acquired by Avnet in April, 2012.
Jim has dedicated his life to disrupting traditional business practices. He is passionate about creating opportunities through entrepreneurship and education. His most recent endeavors, Galvanize and gSchool, harness his pursuits for tech, community, and education. Jim has witnessed and embraced what he calls the current ‘Entrepreneurial Renaissance,’ recognizing that tech savvy and resourceful millennials are the catalysts for social and economic development.
Jim’s goal with Galvanize is to coalesce entrepreneurial communities across the nation with the goal of providing breakout companies with the tools necessary to succeed: community, curriculum and capital. Galvanize 1.0 has become home to more than 150 startups and over 350 members, and has since expanded to San Francisco, Boulder and a second Denver location.