Jim is part of the founding team at italki, the leading global language learning community that connects students and teachers for 1-on-1 online language lessons. At italki since it’s inception, Jim has a extensive startup and operational experience as he helped build out italki’s services ops, teacher, community and regional teams. Jim now heads up Business Development to spearhead new partnerships and initiatives for italki.
Originally from Ohio, Jim has lived and worked in Greater China for over 25 years with extensive experience in the startup and corporate world. Previous to italki, he worked at Wolters Kluwer, started and ran his own English training center, and held positions at kick.com, IBM, and Disney’s World of English. Jim holds a BA from Vassar College and MBA from China European International Business School (CEIBS).
A language learning enthusiast, Jim speaks English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese. He is currently learning Vietnamese and Japanese.
Favorite quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ” – Margaret Mead.