James, a former Texas police officer, entered the tech world after he drew the short stick to reset computers in his department. His sergeant suggested he get a degree in technology, which eventually led him to business analysis in the public safety industry.
James eventually joined Tyler Technologies and which went from 30 employees to a public company while he was there.
James moved to San Diego to start Monk Development in 2007 and built it with Etienne de Bruin for eight years until selling it in 2015. He then took a year off, only to start Rally Corp. shortly after.
In the episode, you’ll learn how Brant Cooper and Jeremiah Gardner, authors of The Lean Brand, inspired him to name his new company.
Some of James’ favorite San Diego haunts:
Favorite tacos: The Taco Stand and Taco Surf
Favorite brewery: Council Brewery in Kearny Mesa
Favorite coffees: James Coffee
Favorite Business book: How To Wow
You can find James and Rally Corp. online and on Twitter
James is giving away five copies of The Lean Brand to the first five people who text ‘nealbloom’ to 24365. Get at it!
And thank you to our sponsor Cox Business for their support of the tech community. Applications are open until August 31st for the QuickPitchSD.com competition with Tech Coast Angels San Diego, San Diego Venture Group, and Cox Business for $75,000 in cash prize for the winning entrepreneur. Apply here!