Jim is a founder of Vu Partners. Jim has experienced the entrepreneur’s journey from several different perspectives. Inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit, Jim offers strategic guidance to business owners as they build value and determine the next stage for their organizations. The combination of experience as an entrepreneur, board member, angel investor and investment banker informs his approach as he works with our clients and serves on the boards of several fast-growing technology companies including Peerfit, The Anti, Pacesetter Technology, RF Smart and Breezy HR.
Previously, Jim was President of BuildOnMe, an artificial intelligence software company, and a co-founder of Harbor View Advisors, a middle market investment banking firm. Prior to Harbor View, Jim was President of Vurv Technology where he helped grow the company from a 30 employee, closely-held start-up to a dynamic, venture-backed company with more than 350 employees. During that time, Vurv became a global leader in the talent management market, providing software applications to streamline strategic human resources processes such as hiring and employee performance management. As President, Jim’s role included management of operations as well as sourcing of capital and M&A activity. During Jim’s tenure, the company raised $33 million of venture capital from top-tier venture firms and executed three successful acquisitions and one divestiture. Jim was also a member of Vurv’s Board of Directors from 2003 until its successful sale to Taleo Corporation (now part of Oracle) in 2008.
Prior to that, Jim was a Partner in the Investment Banking Group at Thomas Weisel Partners and worked as a senior investment banker for Montgomery Securities in San Francisco. Jim also worked as an M&A specialist for Financo (formerly a division of Shearson, Lehman) and Dean Witter Reynolds in New York.
Jim received a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Outside of Vu Partners, Jim is an avid ultra-marathoner, triathlete, motivator and father of three.