Becoming an entrepreneur was not an accident for James. His entire childhood was an education in bootstrapping and innovation. From a young age, his father and greatest mentor instilled the entrepreneurial principles he’s added to and shared with clients, audiences, and peers around the world. After a multi-million dollar SaaS product exit, James continues to build and invest in innovative tech products as CEO of JBKnowledge.
Gets his hands on a computer for the first time at age 12 and builds an invoicing application for his neighborhood lawn business.
James’ dad starts his lessons on bootstrapping in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by telling him he can’t use the family lawnmower to start a business. Instead, his dad gives him a loan to buy one.
Attending an engineering high school, James’ Computer Science Club gets early access to the internet and James launches his first IT consulting business.
Begins studying at Texas A&M University and becomes a die-hard Aggie. In five years, he graduates with a BBA in Accounting, Masters in Information Systems, and as the Head of IT for over 4,000 students in the Corps of Cadets.
After turning down a valuable corporate job offer, James decides it’s now or never and incorporates his technology consulting and development company, JBKnowledge, from his dorm room.
Always dreaming of building a product company, James’ company launches its first successful SaaS product, SmartBid, for the construction industry. Followed shortly by SmartCompliance, SmartReality & SmartInsight software and mobile apps for construction and risk management.
Multiple launched products and services later, James decides to become his own PR and launches the first technology innovation podcast in the construction industry, The ConTech Crew.
James’ team sells SmartBid to their largest industry competitor and incumbent and pivots to focus on building products, like Terra claims management software, for the insurance industry.
Finally securing his private pilot’s licenses, a lifelong dream, James learns more from a hobby than he thought possible and simultaneously makes his business travel much more efficient.
On the Board of Regents at Texas Southern University, James is focused on teaching entrepreneurism and a passion for flight to the next generation of business leaders, especially those without bootstraps.