John James is a family practice physician who, on the last day of his residency, gave up medicine for the adventure of innovation. John paid for medical school with proceeds from his first ecommerce company, a quiz bowl question business he founded from the comfort of his dorm room at the University of Arkansas in 1995. He's built and sold multiple ecommerce businesses, and has raised over $100 million in venture capital to support his ventures. He's currently running Engine, an ecommerce platform for direct-to-consumer brands. Prior to Engine, he founded Hayseed Ventures, an ecommerce startup studio and served as the founder and CEO of Country Outfitter / Acumen Brands, raising over $100 million in venture capital.
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