James S. York
Working on the business side of tech ventures in NYC & Europe
I've been a board-hired CEO, startup mentor, founder and consultant, having come from a corporate background in finance and real estate. Today you'll find me working on the business side of tech and technology-enabled ventures; building them, improving them and advising them.
Entrepreneurial and technology focused in everything that I do, I love creating something from nothing and have a talent for establishing and maintaining business infrastructures where none previously existed.
Whether it’s building a sales funnel for a SaaS, leading product development for a seed stage venture, streamlining and defining operational processes for a growing startup or strategically sourcing and negotiating with partners, vendors and contractors to get a product launched on spec and under budget, I’m known for getting things done and building out scalable processes that allow all parts of a company to talk internally and operate effectively.
I’m a native New Yorker who began his career in finance after completing a technology-focused philosophy degree at Polytechnic University (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering).
From there it was straight into real estate and then across the Atlantic to the small Nordic nation of Estonia where I discovered a booming tech scene that has been discreetly driving innovation on a global scale, incubating the likes of Skype, Fits.me, GrabCAD, Transferwise, e-Residency and many other game changers in the world of technology and startups.
My professional life has afforded me the opportunity to work with shape-shifting robots, befriend a Nigerian princess, travel to six countries on three continents in as many years, consult and mentor dozens of new businesses and build an international direct-response marketing company from the ground up.
With a passion for process improvement, operations and full-stack business development, I excel at taking ideas from concept to reality and I'd love to chat.
Here are the different roles I've tackled so far in my career. I learned more working on and in these businesses than I ever did at school. And I'm grateful for every experience I gained, and the skills and colleagues I acquired along the way.
If you're looking for a PDF of my complete CV, with details about what I accomplished in each of these roles, just send me a note through the contact form below and I'll email you a copy.
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HackStack.io was created to deliver targeted, highly digestible bite-sized tutorials to help busy peopleaccomplish their goals quickly and affordably, for rapid results. Every HackStack.io tutorial provides youwith real world technology skills by teaching you how to create an immediately useful business asset, from scratch. Check us out http://goo.gl/6y4gGx
Onio Technologies is an Estonian Direct Response Marketing and Product Innovation company. Formedin 2012 by Norwegian and Estonian private investors, Onio Technologies is committed to identifying,acquiring, developing and ultimately marketing new and innovative products by leveraging the power ofmulti-market Direct Response campaigns both online and in traditional broadcast venues.
Startup Wise Guys BusinessTech is the leading B2B, SaaS accelerator in Europe & is located in Tallinn, Estonia. Provides seed funding and an intense mentorship program to early stage technologystartups that are looking to crank up their business. The program is hosted twice a year and up to 10new Wise Guys teams are accepted to each cycle of acceleration. During the twelve-week program, thecompanies work intensively to plan, build and eventually introduce their products to angel investors andventure capitalists. The ultimate goalof the Startup Wise Guys program is to help promising startupcompanies realize their potential.
A virtual business development, sales and marketing consultancy for digital entrepreneurs and small businesses. Providing strategy and advisory services on product positioning, operational efficiencies, establishing sales processes and optimizing business models for revenue. Client engagements have included work on optimizing business plans and models for the purposes of gaining early-stage investment, working to define sales and marketing funnels, associated collateral and go-to-market strategies, and conducting operational technology audits with the intent of realizing significant cost-savings and increased flexibility for business owners.
Jewbilation is a marketplace and service directory that is unique in its foundation, positioned to capture andaggregate the diaspora of retailers, services and vendors that support and cater to the Jewish community at large. Rather than a niche platform focusing on a small cross section of the market, Jewbilation is adestination portal for Jewish life and services, from bris to burial and all of life's many simchas in between.
Winner of the 2013 Europas for Best Recruitment and Jobs Startup, Intern Avenue is the first professionalhiring platform specifically designed for early stage talent, positioned to fill the large gap between Facebookand LinkedIn. It is an innovative solution to the existing hardships faced by both employers and interns inregard to finding and connecting with each other and has been featured in the Financial Times, CNN andBBC. Engaged in allaspects of the business, with an eye towards overall business development, strategy and organisational growth, I worked closely with the CEO on the day to day activities of growing thissuccessful London based start-up into a global player in the arena of online graduate recruitment.
Fits.me is an innovative Estonian start-up that has given the world the Virtual Fitting Room, a dynamicapplication designed to revolutionize the online apparel industry. Every day the Virtual Fitting Room isproviding thousands of online customers with an essential service that had, until recently, been thought impossible - the ability to try online before you buy. With clients in Europe, the UK and US, Fits.me ispoised to change the way the world buys clothes. The Fits.me Virtual Fitting Room is currently the world'smost widely used virtual sizing solution. As Head of SME Sales, I worked with apparel retailers to help develop their brand value and grow their bottom line by supplying them with the tools they need to providetheir shoppers with an essential customer service that both increases sales and reduces returns.
Responsible for the operational and payment compliance of a portfolio of approximately 120 Metropolitan Transportation Authority commercial tenants, leases and licenses spread across multiple agencies throughout the city, including the New York City Transit Authority, the Metro-North Railroad at Grand CentralTerminal and high-end retail spaces housed at the MTAs Madison Avenue Headquarters. The MTA isthe largest public transportation agency in the US and management responsibilities included extensiveinteraction with MTA Real Estate Department staff and engineering inspectors, conducting site inspections,tenant liaison and correspondence, documenting risk management issues, ensuring updated documents,monitoring ongoing tenant issues, collection of outstanding compensation, coordinating and conducting tenant move-outs, coordinating minor construction activity and assisting agency operating personnel incoordinating tenant activities related to their operation or possible relocation in response to the operationalneeds or construction activities of the Transit Authority. Additional responsibilities included the abstractingof new lease agreements executed between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and their tenants andspecial projects, as needed, which have included the drafting of tenant-targeted system-wide memorandumsand coordinating wide-scale Agreement enforcement efforts.
Responsible for the marketing and representation of residential properties throughout Manhattan through theuse of online and in-print advertising. Successfully negotiated and concluded residential transactions onbehalf of clients. Continually engaged in client rapport building and lead generation. Conducted propertyresearch utilizing public databases such as ACRIS and Department of Buildings records in order to produceComparative Market Analyses and Proforma Reports for clients. Developed and implemented standardized templates for client correspondence and lead follow-up.
Completed Company Sponsored Intensive Stock Broker Training Program at the Greico Financial Training
Institute, culminating in the acquisition of both the Series 7 (score of 94%) and Series 63 (score of 85%) licenses. Engaged in cold calling and qualifying potential client leads on behalf of senior brokers.
These were my stomping grounds before I began my professional life. Ask me about them... I may have some embarrassing stories to share.
Completed an immersive 3 month stockbroker training program. First from my batch to complete the licensing exams. Series 7 score of 94% / Series 63 score of 85%.
First to participate in the new Liberal Studies major being offered at Polytechnic, prior to its merger with NYU. The program blended topics in technology with philosophy and international studies. Participated in a semester long program travelling throughout Asiawith fellow students and professors, taking a full credit course load while on the road. MagnaCum Laude &Dean's List
Accepted to this highly competitive specialized science high school, one of only three in New York City. Electrical Engineering major, graduating with a NYS Regents Diploma. My mostmemorable accomplishment was taking my electrical engineering teacher up on the challenge of waiving the final exam if I could build a working stun gun from scratch using components purchased at RadioShack.
My career and interests have afforded me the opportunity to acquire a broad range of skills. Here you'll find some that I bring to the table on any new project or venture that I undertake, or take part in.
If you'd like to have more context into how I put my skill set into play, email me using the form below and I'll send you a PDF copy of my complete CV.
Hear what some of my clients and colleagues have had to say about me after working together on various projects and in different roles.
James is a very driven and dedicated person. He sees the right opportunities and works very hard to deliver the best results.
James is an inventive, thoughtful personality who is not afraid to try new and unbeaten paths to achieve results.
James is a driven problem solver that has the rare combination of both big picture thinking and the ability to manage logistics and small details.
James brings a surprisingly large variety of skills to the table. From a painstakingly good eye for detail, to having the nerve to actually push things through while maintaining good rapport and his awesome sense of humor, he could run a startup and lead it to success or just as easily guide a client's hand to do the same. And he wouldn't even think anything of it. He'd just call it a good day's work. If you have the chance to work with James; do.
James is the perfect person to work with. He is not only devoted to his work, but also knows how create pleasant associations with his colleages. James is a man of his word and is one of the most organized people I know. His even temperment makes him a pleasure to work with and I have enjoyed my relationship with him all along. I wish everyone had his work habits and attitude.
In 2005, I was teaching the Series 7 part time and was James's teacher. James was a quick study and excellent student, and he crushed the test. At the time, anything in the 70's was passing and an admirable score, James scored in the 90's on a very very difficult test.
He is easygoing and a credit to anyone who teams up with him.
James is a creator. Driven, passionate about what he does he is pretty much unstoppable. He is hard worker, analytical and has great communication skills. I highly recommend him for building something up.
James has the special ability to connect business with tech, keeping an overview from the top and having knowledge of each technical aspect involved. He is able to be explicitly clear as to the needed scope and desired outcomes, while understanding and taking into account both the limitations and flexibilities of the systems at play. James wasn't just interested in the end result, but was also eager to know how it was built so he could contribute to the solution. His uncanny ability to dive into the details to understand the root of an issue and then turn it inside out helped us reach some innovative solutions very quickly. And he does it all with a great sense of humor! I'm looking forward to working with him again.
As a fellow senior manager, James was a pleasure to work with. Reliable, energetic and extremely detailed oriented, his skill set would easily lend itself to many industries. James was particularly successful in seamlessly integrating and utilizing more modern technologies into our operations.
James is a great guy. He is passionately devoted to whatever he puts his mind to and is someone who enjoys the rare of quality of being equally comfortable with, and adept at, supporting the team or taking the lead.
James is wise, extremely well organized and fun to work with. I learned a lot from him during our time together at Fits.me, and it was a pleasure from start to finish!
If you are looking for a bright mind, with the ability to both see what needs to get done, and then push forward to make sure it happens, James is your man and I would highly recommend him as a solid and dedicated addition to any team.
My team and I had the opportunity to work for James earlier this year on a new product introduction. We were constantly amazed by the insights and vision James contributed to the project. His ability to work collaboratively and inspire a diverse team of specialists helped us all overcome challenges and meet our critical objectives.
James is wise and intelligent far beyond his years. He is one of the most respected men I have ever personally met. James will gladly put others ahead of himself without any hesitation or remorse. If I ever had to get a team together for any project, James York will always be my first choice due to his personality, work ethics, and goal oriented mind. There are few and far between like James. Anyone that has an opportunity to work with him should feel privileged!
James has an endless thirst for knowledge and willingness to educate himself in any field or technology there is. His superpower is finding brilliant solutions in unusual places. As a manager he is not only amazingly well organised, he is also great at instilling confidence in his coworkers and encourages them to think and offer ideas. Pair all this with his sense of humour and we have a winning combination!
James is extremely diligent and detail oriented. He excels at being able to look at things on both a macro and micro scale. He's also very talented when it comes to managing people, teams, and other moving parts within a business. More importantly, he's not afraid to roll up his sleeves and apply his talents, or to expand his horizons, especially with new technology and systems.
James is always proactive in all his business communications and is always a step ahead, providing all the details needed about the work before you even ask. He involves himself in every project to make sure it is delivered successfully and is both humble and effective in his communication and directions.
Get in touch with me here if you'd like to explore how we might work together, to request a PDF version of my complete CV, to share an idea or just to say hello.