James B. Murray, Jr
Jim Murray 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 Imagine Communications, GreatCall, Inc. (Jitterbug), and Seakeeper, Inc. In addition, he serves as a member of the Advisory Committee of Continuum 700, LLC and served on the strategic advisory board of Technology Crossover Ventures Internet Advisory Committee.
During his career Mr. Murray 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, Mr. Murray is the holder of a U.S. patent for a wireless maritime ignition control system. He 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. Mr. Murray is the chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.