Jim is teaching "Special Topics in Entrepreneurship: The Lean LaunchPad" this fall at Princeton. In the Lean LaunchPad course, students apply emerging entrepreneurship principles to prototype, test and iterate their product while discovering if they have a profitable business model. The students work in teams and their projects are treated as real startups.
Jim is a life-long entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist who is also a Fellow of The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, where he co-teaches the Lean LaunchPad course for engineering, MBA and Executive MBA students. He has also co-taught the Lean LaunchPad for Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA students.
Jim began his entrepreneurial career as a freshman at Princeton, where he started several student agencies, and eventually managed the Student Agency organization his senior year. He has been part of the founding team for five high tech companies, including Preview Travel, the first publically traded online travel service. In 2000, Preview merged with a division of The Sabre Group to form Travelocity.com, which was subsequently acquired in full by Sabre in 2002.
Jim's active angel investing activities are complemented by his role as a
Venture Partner with CMEA Capital, an established venture capital firm with over
$1 billion under management that invests primarily in early stage technology,
energy and life science companies.
Currently, Jim is the co-founder and Chairman Triporati, Inc. and PolitEar, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors of KIND Snacks and Via.com (Bangalore, India), and is on the Board of Trustees of the One Voice Movement.
Jim received his AB in Economics in 1976, cum laude, and his MBA from Harvard in 1978, where he was a Baker Scholar.