Jim founded Jim Jonassen & Assoc. Venture Search in late 2006. Prior to JJ&A, Jim built two executive search firms and two successful software companies. Jim founded software company Micro J Systems in ’87 where he still serves as Chairman, and he co-founded PeopleMover in ’97, merging it with Opus360 just prior to its IPO in 2000. Jim co-founded two other search firms, Palo Alto based Riviera Partners in ’01 and The Larkin Group in ’93. Working with then Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan, Jim co-founded the Digital Coast Roundtable and launched LAwNMoweR – the Los Angeles New Media Roundtable in the mid ’90s. He was also a talent scout for America Online’s AOL Greenhouse incubator and venture fund. Accolades include being named the 1999 Software Entrepreneur of the Year by the Software Council of Southern California. In addition, he was named three-times to the “Top 25 People in High Technology” by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Jim is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. He is a member of the Board of the Santa Monica Boy’s & Girl’s Club and has been a Big Brother since ’92.