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James W. Wolfe

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    James W. Wolfe is an investment banker, attorney and executive with more than 30 years’ experience assisting new business ventures. He specializes in strategic planning, new business development, and capital formation for emerging growth companies, both in the United States and abroad. He serves as Assistant Professor and Entrepreneur in Residence in the School of Business, George Mason University, USA, where he teaches courses in business strategy, entrepreneurship, and innovation. He is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Founders Consulting, a Washington, DC firm specializing in strategic marketing for new products, companies, and mergers.

    In 1990 he was one of the first Americans called to East Germany to help with the economic transition following collapse of the Berlin Wall. During the past decade he has served as a financial advisor to investments in Bosnia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, and East Germany, as well as Western Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been a frequent consultant to the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and private sector investors in Eastern Europe.

    He has served as a director of a number of Washington, D.C., area companies in international trade, software development, e-commerce, and information services. He was a co-founder of WorthPoint Corporation, and is the founding President of FirstGuard Technologies Corporation, a George Mason University spinout company focused on national security.

    From 1987 to 1989 he served as chief financial officer of the Indiana University Foundation, USA, the research and development endowment of Indiana University. Previously he served as corporate counsel to a securities broker-dealer. Earlier he served as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Dan Quayle.

    He holds the JD, MBA and BS degrees, all from Indiana University.

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