Jim Neal

Entrepreneur in Raleigh, North Carolina

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Greek philosopher Heraclitus intoned 2,500 years ago that “change is the only constant”. Angel/Seed investor in startups that strive for paradigm shifts in incumbent commerce silos. Formerly iBanker and CEO of B2B and ASP startups in the healthcare and film entertainment sectors.

I was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina in 2008, finishing second in the Democratic primary and received national acclaim as the second openly gay person in American history to run for the Senate. Volunteer gigs include serving on the national campaign finance committees for numerous presidential, Congressional and gubernatorial candidates nationwide. Former board member at The New School. In 2002 served as a member of a blue ribbon task force formed by the Partnership for New York City which made recommendations to Mayor Bloomberg on strategies to broaden New York City's economic base.

I have lived most of my adult life in New York and California; native of North Carolina and that is my base camp today. I travel- a lot. Contributor to The Daily Beast. Featured guest on CNBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, SiriusXM and NPR. Father of two sons. Sand between my toes, writing, tennis, reading, travel, cooking, conversation and tracking grizzly bears are favorite pastimes.

  • Work
    • Neal's Way
  • Education
    • The University of Chicago
    • The University of North Carolina