Auditude (Acquired by Adobe in 2011), Cardspring (Acquired by Twitter in 2014), Farecast (Acquired by Microsoft in 2008), Groupon (IPO 2011), High Gear Media (Acquired by Internet Brands in 2014), Kongregate (Acquired by GameStop in 2010), Revision3 (Acquired by Discovery Communications in 2012)
James sees the last second economy unlocking major new market opportunities for mobile-focused startups. He's excited to back companies that are disrupting large traditional industries including education, health care, financial services and retail. He's interested in meeting customer-focused entrepreneurs who combine front-end product design with back-end operations to deliver great end-to-end experiences. James is also very interested in the application of big data to marketing, and believes that real time personalization is the next great frontier for marketers, to intelligently reach customers across devices.
James has been a founder and early employee of several successful startups, as well as a senior executive leading business units with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue. James is a student of leadership, and has written extensively on the topic. He’s a trusted partner for the CEOs with whom he works.
James’ current commerce investments include creativeLIVE, High Gear Media, One Kings Lane and Redfin. His marketing investments include Cardspring (acquired by Twitter), Coupons.com (COUP) and TellApart. James has partnered with several of these companies as they’ve scaled from early stages to well over $100 million in annual revenue. James also previously represented Greylock as a Board member of companies that have been acquired by Adobe, Discovery Communications, Facebook, Gamestop, Microsoft and Yahoo!.
Prior to Greylock, James was a VP/GM in the Search & Marketplace business unit at Yahoo!, where he managed large commerce and advertising-based businesses. He’s also worked in product development and operations roles in several early-stage consumer technology companies, including Guru (acquired by Unicru), Drugstore.com (acquired by Walgreens), and Wired (acquired by Conde Nast and Lycos).
For the past few years, James has been named to the Forbes Midas list, which recognizes top VC tech investors. He graduated from Brown University and Harvard Business School.
James and his wife Kaye have three young kids - Max (a superhero), Hank (a construction worker) and Sydney Bea (a professional wrestler).
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January 11th – Over the holidays, I was thinking about the connection between online education and the fiscal cliff. In the context of America’s current economic challenges, it’s more important than ever before that we develop a productive and inspired workforce. Sure we need to create millions of new jobs. But we also need to better educate millions [...] Leave a Comment