Lunch n Learn: Jim Hunt

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Location: Innovation Park Greenhouse

ESTEEM students are invited to a Lunch n Learn with season angel investor, Jim Hunt.

James (Jim) Hunt is a seasoned technology and investment professional with a principle focus on companies with technologies that can have a positive impact on the national security sector markets. 

Hunt began his career in Washington in the mid 70’s as a U.S. Government scientist.  After eight years with the government, Hunt founded “BDS, Incorporated” where he served as CEO for ten years.  In 1991, BDS was merged with BTG, Incorporated and Hunt assisted in the integration of the two companies.  In 1992, BTG was taken public in a successful offering.  Beside the company CEO, Hunt was the only other company employee on the BTG board of directors.

Subsequent to his tenure at BDS/BTG, Hunt went to Price Waterhouse where he created the firm’s system integration practice.  After two years as PW, Hunt was recruited away with 17 PW colleagues and founded “Ernst & Young Technologies” (EYT), where he was CEO for eight years.  EYT was subsequently sold to Cap Gemini and Hunt served as President of Cap Gemini Technologies for two years, leaving Cap Gemini in 2006.

After leaving Cap Gemini Technologies, with two colleagues, Hunt founded “The MITA Group” a Washington-based consultancy focused on public affairs and business strategy.

From MITA, Hunt moved with some former MITA colleagues and other executives to create “NextFED”, a strategy consultancy with investment banking and corporate clients. NextFED’s primary area of focus is the national security and intelligence community markets.   As Managing Partner of NEXTFED, Hunt leads a strategic acquisition, commercialization, and growth acceleration strategy consulting practice.  Hunt is the co-founder of NextFED with Joanne Isham, a retired senior executive from the USG Intelligence Community.  Among other positions, Ms. Isham led Congressional Affairs at CIA, was head of Science and Technology at CIA and served as the principle deputy director the National Geospatial Agency.

Mr. Hunt began his angel investing activities in the mid 1990’s after the successful BTG IPO,  with five investments in area companies.  After over 25 years of seed stage investing, Hunt expanded his portfolio since the early 2000’s to now include over 60 companies.  Hunt has eight co-investments with In-Q-Tel, the US Intelligence Community’s venture capital arm.  Hunt sits on five corporate boards.  Hunt has exited 24 investments over the past ten years, the last of which in June 2016.

Hunt’s investments are in the area of cyber and physical security, Internet-of-Things, data center management, social media, analytics, and mobile applications.

As an active member in four angel groups and managing partner of “Lavrock Ventures”, a recently formed early stage venture capital firm.  Hunt spends a significant amount of his time scouting for world-class, game changing technology.

In addition to his investing activities, Hunt serves as a consultant to both government and corporate organizations in the area of overall strategy, product commercialization, channel strategies and M&A strategies.

Hunt is also an Adjunct Professor at the McDonough School at Georgetown and at Notre Dame and teaches cornerstone courses in business planning and start-up business management and investing.  Hunt has also created and taught courses to international angels and entrepreneurs and has successfully launched four overseas ventures in the past ten years, with particular emphasis on technology incubation in developing countries.

Hunt is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Rochester Institute of Technology and sits on the Notre Dame Engineering College Advisory Council.  Additionally, Hunt is a past president of the Computing Industry Technology Association.