Originally from Southern California, James was raised by a cosmopolitan family who spoke half a dozen languages around the house on any given day. This gave him a unique perspective, “seeing” the world through the lenses of culture, language, tech, food, and more.

As a professional technologist James has over 20 years and 40,000 hours of experience helping people leverage technology to achieve their goals. James has a BA in Japanese Language and Literature a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and an extensive and diverse set of certifications. James has taught Entrepreneurship and New Venture Management to Japanese students learning to surf the Southern California coast, and is frequently a judge in business plan competitions around the world.