Jim is a business executive, serial entrepreneur, and thinker on data analytics and privacy. He’s founded companies, defined vision and strategy, led teams, developed technology, and built products. He regularly writes and speaks on these topics at industry conferences, government agencies, and leading academic institutions.
Currently, he is Vice President of Data and Business Development at Toyota Research Institute where works on data systems, new business, and privacy for autonomous vehicles and home robots. He also serves on the The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee (DPIAC) providing advice at the request of the Secretary of Homeland Security and the DHS Chief Privacy Officer.
Most recently, Jim was at Microsoft by acquisition of Metanautix, where he led products and marketing. Metanautix was a big data analytics startup funded by Sequoia Capital and Workday. Before Metanautix, he was the first Vice President of Data Systems and Chief Privacy Officer at Intelius (acquired by H.I.G. Capital). During his tenure, nearly five years at Intelius, the company spun out the employment screening business, Talentwise, which was acquired by SterlingBackcheck.
Jim came to Intelius through acquisition of the identity theft business that grew out of VoteHere, a pioneer in cryptographic secure and secret online voting for public elections, where he was Founder and CEO. VoteHere raised over $25 million in venture capital including strategic investments from Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and Entrust. Early in Jim’s career, he was a rocket engineer working on avionics systems at Lockheed Martin Space Systems.
Jim received his bachelor’s degree with high honors in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and his master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, San Diego.