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James B. Murray, Jr.
Founder, The Presidential Precinct and Managing Director, Court Square Ventures

James B. Murray, Jr., a general partner at Court Square Ventures, Charlottesville, Virginia, has been investing in early stage companies for over 30 years, and has been a principal in firms specializing in investment banking and venture capital for telecom and information technology businesses since 1982. Prior to Court Square, he was a founding partner of Columbia Capital, which today manages five funds aggregating over $2 billion. Jim is currently a director of CSV II portfolio companies GreatCall, Inc. (Jitterbug), and Seakeeper, Inc. and on the advisory board of Continuum 700, LLC.

During his career Jim has served as a director of over two dozen technology companies including some seven firms that were IPOs, publicly listed, or merged into public companies. He served for two years as CEO of North Coast Cellular, a service provider in Northern California. He served on the board of the Smurfit Graduate School of Business Administration, University College, Dublin, Ireland. He is the author of Wireless Nation: The Frenzied Launch of the Cellular Revolution in America, the first definitive account of how the American cell phone industry evolved (selected by Booklist as one of the “top ten” business books of 2001). As an inventor, Jim is the holder of a U.S. patent for a wireless maritime ignition control system.

Jim is the founder of the Presidential Precinct, a collaboration between the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Monroe’s Highland, and James Madison’s Montpelier. He is the creator of “V” house, Keene, Virginia and chairman of Praxis Foundation.

Jim received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, a J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, and an honorary Doctor of Laws from the College of William and Mary. From 2001 through 2009, he served as Chairman of the Virginia Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments. Jim currently serves on the University of Virginia Board of Visitors as Chair of the Finance Committee.