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James Duez

James is an an experienced business and technology innovator with over 20 years experience. He helps start-up founders find the right product/market fit and accelerate them through the discovery phase and on to revenue generation. While sometimes investing himself, he helps businesses find the right funding, typically at Seed or Series A stage.

He provides growth and exit strategy to more established businesses who are seeking to build or transform their operations through the adoption of new technology. His passion is working with talented people in businesses that are either technology companies, or traditional companies looking to accelerate their growth through technology adoption.

He adds value by helping founders develop a successful strategy for growth and a successful exit, with particular interests in AI, IA, VR, optical computing and clean energy.

Having worked with Global 250 blue-chips, governments and numerous investors, he has an extensive network and significant experience supporting company acquisitions and disposals. He is astute, committed and results-driven – with a focus on growth, sustainability and profit.

He was recognised as 2018 GT Face of a Vibrant Economy, Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders – ‘One to Watch’, Barclays Scale-up Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 (East), EDP Tech Innovation of the Year Rainbird: Pitch 10, Techstars Alumni Rainbird: Everline Future 50, Rainbird: EDP Future 50. He is also member of ‘Abundance 360’, a 25-year programme led by Peter Diamandis to leverage exponential technology.

Professional roles

  • Investor, Co-Founder & CEO, Rainbird Technologies
  • Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Validus IVC Ltd
  • Consultant, James Duez
  • Business Development Director, SAI Global
  • Group Chief Technology Officer, Easy i Group
  • Founder & CEO, Simulus Multimedia Ltd
  • Founder & Managing Partner, The Farrell Partnership

Key qualifications

Strategic Coach
Abundance 360
Cambridge Judge Business School, Business Scale-up Programme
Techstars Alumni


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