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James joined CommonAngels in 1999 and has been an active investor in mobile, cloud, consumer and business software as well as digital media companies.
He also has been a leader in shaping the institutionalization of angel investing. He was the founding chairman of the Angel Capital Association, the professional alliance of angel groups that has grown from 46 groups as charter members to now over 145, representing over 7,000 investors. James also was the founding chairman of ACA’s sister organization, the Angel Capital Education Foundation (now called the Angel Resources Institute), in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation. ARI works with angel investors, venture capitalists, academic leaders and entrepreneurs around the country to provide research and educational programs on angel investing.
James is on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and the Board of the MIT Alumni Association. He has written papers and various articles on angel investment processes, and regularly speaks on entrepreneurship and private investing.
Prior to CommonAngels, James worked briefly at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, the premier strategic advisory consultancy for the oil, natural gas, electric power and refined products sectors. Prior to CERA, James worked in Washington, DC for nearly a decade for U.S. Federal agencies, particularly the Department of Energy and Department of State in a variety of roles covering global technology analysis, assessment, and policy.
James holds a bachelor’s degree with highest honors from the Liberal Arts Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin and there was elected into Phi Beta Kappa, a master’s degree in political science from UCLA, and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. James also is an avid rower and a member of the Cambridge Boat Club.