Jim Hornthal is a parallel entrepreneur, angel investor, and educator. His current portfolio of co-founded startups includes Zignal Labs, LaunchPad Central, M34 Capital, and Algorithm Engines.
He is also a founding investor and board member of Revinate and serves on the board Growcentia and NeuroTrainer. His family investment fund has investments in over 50 startups including Lyft, Lending Club, KIND Snacks (Mars) Krave Jerky (Hershey), and Hipmunk (Concur).
As an entrepreneur, Jim is best known as the Founder and Chairman of Preview Travel, the first publically traded online travel agency, which had its IPO in 1997. The company merged with a division of Sabre Holdings to create Travelocity.com, where Jim served as Vice Chairman of the combined organization until its re-acquisition by Sabre Holdings in 2002.
Jim has taught the Lean LaunchPad course since it started at Haas in 2010. He has also taught the course at Stanford, and Princeton as well as the National Science Foundation's i-Corps program at Stanford and UCSF. Jim has also led enterprise innovation cohorts at The Mayo Clinic and WL Gore and in that capacity has engaged with over 500 teams of entrepreneurs and innovators.
Jim is the author of the TED Book A Haystack Full of Needles, and can be found on Twitter @hornthal