James Simmons

James Simmons

James Simmons

Partner at Fortium Partners

James Simmons is a product, technology, and business leader used to tackling big problems in hard industries. He is a Partner at Fortium Partners, where he works as a strategic advisor and outside CTO for startups, mature enterprises, and institutional investors, focusing on emerging and disruptive technologies. Before joining Fortium, he spent the past several…

James Simmons is a product, technology, and business leader used to tackling big
problems in hard industries. He is a Partner at Fortium Partners, where he works as a
strategic advisor and outside CTO for startups, mature enterprises, and institutional
investors, focusing on emerging and disruptive technologies. Before joining Fortium, he
spent the past several years at startup Everyone Counts tackling the voting and election
security world, first as Chief Product and Technology Officer and then CEO. While there
he launched the most advanced and secure voter registration and citizen engagement
platform ever built, piloted online voting in the U.S. presidential election, and oversaw
high profile public and private voting for the United Nations, the Oscars and Emmys,
three of the Big 4 accounting firms, and governments around the world. In October
2018, James sold Everyone Counts to Votem Corp., creating the world’s largest
dedicated blockchain voting company.

James is no stranger to highly-complex, highly-secure, and highly-regulated industries.
He began his career as a software engineer at Northrop Grumman working on control
algorithms for missile defense satellites, spent almost a decade working on defense and
intelligence projects that included autonomous vehicles, sensor data fusion, warfighter-
machine interface systems, and culminated with two years in the Middle East managing
the technology integration team for the U.S.’ forward-deployed armored vehicle fleet.

Looking for opportunities to innovate and disrupt faster, James left big aerospace and
took a series of leadership roles in small, fast-growing tech companies. At Verify, he led
the design, development, and deployment of a supply chain management SaaS
platform that had 50 of the Fortune 500 using it within six months of launch. His next
challenge was in the legal tech space as head of product development for LegalZoom,
where he helped lead the company's pivot from transactional to subscription-based
relationships and launch their industry-leading mobile apps following a $200M+ private
equity round.

James bought his first bitcoin in 2015 (but sadly didn’t buy very many of them). In recent
years he’s become an advocate and evangelist for blockchain technology and its
application across multiple sectors including civic engagement, legal services, supply
chain, and national security. James holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer
Science from Harvey Mudd College and all sorts of certifications and credentials around
technology and product development. He loves to ski in the winter, paddle board in the
summer, and collect and drink good whiskey year-round. He’s based in Los Angeles,
California but works all over the world.

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