John James is a family practice physician who, on the last day of his residency, gave up medicine for the adventure of innovation. John paid for medical school with proceeds from his first ecommerce company, a quiz bowl question business he founded from the comfort of his dorm room at the University of Arkansas in 1995. A serial entrepreneur by nature, John has built and sold multiple businesses centered around search engine marketing, including ventures in keyword arbitrage, multichannel niche retail, and hyperlocal online media.
He's currently working on Hayseed Ventures, a startup studio focused on customer acquisition based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Prior to founding Hayseed Ventures, he served as the founder and CEO of Country Outfitter / Acumen Brands, raising over $100 million in venture capital.