James Benham’s education in entrepreneurship started at an early age, from a father whose own education in entrepreneurship started even earlier. James has now spent over 20 years starting and scaling profitable, bootstrapped technology businesses while helping his clients do the same. From international insurers to the world’s largest construction companies, he’s helped thousands of businesses and innovators learn the bootstrapping mindset that has helped him maintain focus of his vision, maximize his equity in every business endeavor and ultimately earn him the freedom to build what he loves. If that’s your end goal, this book is your next read.
James Benham is a serial entrepreneur, technologist, speaker, podcast host and pilot who is helping lead the insurance industry into the next age of innovation. As the CEO of JBKnowledge, James and his team have served as strategic business and technology advisors and as software development partners over the past 20 years.
James started his journey as a tech entrepreneur in his Texas A&M University dorm room in 2001 and has harnessed his passion for innovation to bootstrap multiple businesses to financial sustainability. James’ most successful bootstrapped exit occured in 2018 when he and his team sold their construction bid management software, SmartBid, in a multi-million dollar groundbreaking deal with ConstructConnect.
James is a sought after consultant and speaker at the forefront of innovation in the tech industry. His no-nonsense style and love for “geeking out” on technology has landed him keynote opportunities on over 400 conference stages in the last 15 years. James is also the host of the growing 70+ episode show, The InsureTech Geek Podcast, where he interviews leading insurance industry experts including the Chairman & Co-Founder of InsureTech Connect, Caribou Honig, and AXA XL executive, Rose Hall.
When James isn’t working hard on improving companies—his own or his clients’—he keeps himself busy as a Regent at Texas Southern University or with his many hobbies as a pilot, musician, Star Trek fan, tech gadget aficionado, and Lean Methodology “life hacker”.
In this chapter of Be Your Own VC, James shares his experience building, funding and empowering an R&D team at a startup. Whether you’re a founder, investor, or corporate innovator, learn from his process and insights to bootstrap your next breakthrough.