James has spent the last 10 years helping build successful businesses, from advising some of the world’s most influential companies to launching and growing startup ventures. He is a co-founder of Ivy Venture Partners, a business advisory and venture firm focused on developing winning businesses for athletes and entertainers. James is partnered with or advises Beyoncé, Floyd Mayweather and a number of NBA, NFL and NHL athletes on their respective business endeavors; as well as Laird Hamilton on his clothing line, Laird Apparel.
Prior to Ivy Venture Partners, James worked at Bain for eight years, where he developed growth strategies and devised business plans for some of the most successful global luxury, auto and sports brands in the world. Before working at Bain, James was a corporate lawyer at Clifford Chance, the world’s largest law firm, working in both London and New York. At Clifford Chance, James structured private equity and venture capital deals for clients across a wide range of industries.
While studying for his MBA, James founded the non-profit, SOMB, which provides school uniforms and new classrooms to children in sub-Saharan Africa, for which he secured substantial support from entertainers and athletes, such as Britney Spears, Floyd Mayweather, Eva Longoria, Snoop Dogg, Jerry Bruckheimer, Cuba Gooding Jr., The Game.
During college, James played rugby for RFU Championship team, Yorkshire Carnegie.
James holds an LLB with honors from the University of Leeds, a J.D. from Nottingham Law School, both in the United Kingdom, and an MBA from Wharton Business School.