Hello! I'm James Thomason, an experienced technologist, innovator, and strategic advisor with a passion for collaborating with engineers, product designers, and business leaders to build products, processes, and teams that push companies into the future.
My 25-year journey in Silicon Valley is marked by over $1.1B in successful acquisitions and IPOs and more than $200M in venture capital raised. As a founder CTO, I've led two startups to successful acquisitions exceeding $100M in the past few years. I also bring a wealth of experience from my tenure as a senior executive at Dell, where I led a large development team and handled product strategy, marketing, and operations for the Dell Cloud Marketplace and Dell Active System Manager products.
I'm a firm believer in the power of user focus and strive to build great products that customers rave about. My technical expertise includes user experience design, software engineering, machine learning, natural language processing, automation, cloud computing, IoT, and hyperscale data center infrastructure.
Currently, I'm the Managing Partner at Next Wave Partners, a venture studio, consultancy, and fund focused on the next long wave of innovation, including AI, augmented reality, data infrastructure, and alternative energy.
Over the course of my career, I've garnered numerous patents in machine learning, cloud computing, virtualization, peer-to-peer networks, and internet routing. I have also contributed to Forbes, Network World, Information Week, VMBlog, ZDNet, Information Age, and numerous other publications as a thought leader. I've had the privilege of guest lecturing on entrepreneurship and innovation at Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, as well as the United Nations Inter-governmental Consultations Migration, Asylum, and Refugees on cyber trafficking and exploitation.
Before founding Next Wave, I co-founded and served as CTO for EDJX, an intelligent edge computing platform for real-time IoT, M2M, and mobile apps, and Semantiq Technologies, an AI startup creating analytics and tools to help thwart human trafficking and abuse.
I'd love to hear more about your challenges and aspirations, whether you're a founder aiming to build a groundbreaking product, a corporate innovator seeking to drive transformative change, or an investor looking to maximize portfolio success.