Jim is an entrepreneur, mentor, and philanthropist. He is the Co-founder and former CEO of Flipgrid, founded in 2015 and acquired by Microsoft in 2018. Prior to Flipgrid, he was the Founder and CEO of Midwave Corporation. Jim was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2005. In 1998, he and his wife Norma launched the Leslie Family Foundation, which focuses on providing scholarships and educational opportunities to inner city youth. Jim also serves as Vice Chair, Franklin University Switzerland and is on the Children’s Minnesota Hospital Board of Directors.