Jim Beach. Jim Beach’s first book, School for Startups, was published by McGraw-Hill in June 2011 and reached as high as number 9 on Amazon’s business section. Jim has started businesses and has taught entrepreneurship around the world.
Jim received his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaii and Japan-America Institute of Management Science of Tokyo, Japan in December 1992. Graduating with Highest Honors, he worked for the Japanese government trade promotion office (JETRO) where he helped American companies export to Japan and for The Coca-Cola Company, both in Japan and in the United States.
At the age of 25, Jim founded American Computer Experience. From 1993 to 2000, Jim grew the company with no capital infusion to $12 million in annual revenue and to over 60 permanent and 700 temporary employees, operating in 39 states and in three countries.
In 2002, Jim started his first import/export firm, called TimelessChair.com. The firm was the result of a bet he made with a class he was teaching at Georgia State.
Among his awards and recognitions: Fujitsu Foundation for International Education Scholarship, was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, 0ne of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s fastest growing companies in Georgia for both 1999 and 2000. In 2001, one of Georgia Trend’s “Forty under Forty” most influential citizens, has appeared on NPR, MBNBC, CNN, and in the New York Times, Wired, and Entrepreneur Magazine as an expert on technology and education. Jim has made presentations for Wells Fargo, Toshiba, UPS, SunTrust, Chick-fil-A and Edelman PR, in addition to countless Chambers and Universities. In the last five years, he has spoken in India, Japan, South Korea, Egypt, and Dubai.
He believes that anyone can be an entrepreneur when they forget about risk.
Jim lives right here in Atlanta, is married and has three children, ages 2, 13, and 15.