James is a serial entrepreneur with strong operating management experience in both start-up and large enterprise environments, government relations and non-profit organizations.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
PAYPAL EVP of Engineering Joined as a Software Engineer during PayPal's first year of operations Ultimately oversaw all aspects of software development Managed integration of the engineering team following PayPal’s acquisition by eBay
EBAY Senior Director of Marketplace Technologies Managed a ~100-person cross-functional team including product management, development, quality assurance, and project management
FUTURE CITIES DEVELOPMENT INC. Chief Operating Officer and co-founder A social entrepreneurship venture promoting “startup city” initiatives – recognized as one of the most promising strategies for alleviating global poverty.
THE SEASTEADING INSTITUTE A 501(c)3 non-profit, backed by Peter Thiel, promoting innovation in civil governance through human settlement of the ocean frontier. In 3 years, grew a community of thousands, published hundreds of pages of research, and exposed the idea to tens of millions of people through media coverage. Managing Director
James is an active early-stage investor with holdings in Matterport, Palantir Technologies and Xola.