James is an Investor at TenOneTen as well as a Business Development Principal with NCPartners, a venture arm of the video game company NCSOFT. Previously, James was a founding member of Griffin Gaming Partners, and a Coordinator in Interactive Ventures, Games & Digital Strategy at Lionsgate. In his role at Lionsgate, James was the liaison for Lionsgate’s investment in the global esports franchise, Immortals Gaming Club. Prior to Lionsgate, James started his career in traditional media and entertainment at the Hollywood talent agency, ICM Partners. James also serves on the VC Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Venture Association, is a Global Expert with Blockchain Founders Fund, and co-taught the course ‘The Business of Esports’ as an Adjunct Professor at USC.

Hometown + Education

La Grange, Illinois; Middleburry College, BS

What areas are you focused on as an investor?

Gaming / Tech / Web3

Before TenOneTen

Principal at GGP, background in traditional media and esports

Earliest lesson learned about business?

Nerdiest thing about you?

I have 2300 hours logged in Destiny 1

Most “LA” thing you’ve done?

Driving from Brentwood to Pasadena for a breakfast burrito

What brought you to LA?

Showbiz! I wanted to be a producer originally, so I could justify my Film degree

Lessons on mentorship?

What tech gets you endlessly excited?

Crossplatform gameplay

What tech or invention did you think of first?

Any instant deal breakers during a pitch?

Best piece of advice you've ever gotten

Worry about what you can control

How do you spend time outside of work?

Happiest playing video games in an RGB illuminated room but I also love snowboarding and golf

Standout moment from your founder experience?

What founder traits that get you most excited?

What are the greatest and hardest parts about being a founder?

Early lesson you learned about investing?

How many pets do you actually have?

Why did you join TenOneTen?

I really value the relationships built with founders as well as the forward thinking yet practical mentality with which TenOneTen approaches venture capital

Anything else?