"I'm James, 33, married to but currently seperated from (not so bad -- we're very friendly and live around the corner from each other. The biggest issue is when we both forget to pay the car insurance bills) my wife of 6 years due to her depression, my stress and a neverending sequence of home remodels.
Grew up in the 'burbs of Washington DC, left 2 months after my 17th birthday to attend Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. After 5 years and a double major in history (American to 1865) and communications (advertising/PR) I hung around San Antonio for 3 years doing entry level marketing/pr stuff, then returned to Wash DC to work for the American Canoe Association as their marketing/pr director. Too much at a young age -- wish I'd devoted more enregy to a good job and a good group of people, but I did come away from it with a love of whitewater kayaking and natural conservation.
Left to come back to Texas (Dallas, this time) for a job opportunity with a start-up. Two weeks after I arrived (having spent my savings on relocation), their funding failed to come through and I was jobless.
Back to waiting tables again.
Found a job doing account-side work at an ad agency in their developing Internet/online department.
Met my future wife, who was finishing her PhD. at UT at the time, moved to Austin, found a job at yet another start-up, where in 3 months the VP marketing (who hired me and who I really clicked with) was let go.
This time I quit before I got fired, and went back to work for the former Account director at my ad agency division in Dallas, who had subsequently left to run a company founded by an early Broadcast.com investor. He hired me on there and that was great, and even lasted a few years until my mentor got canned and I, as his right-hand guy, went with him.
About the same time, my wife accepted a Postdoctoral position in San Diego, so off we went, toward the end of the .com era. I found yet another job with yet another startup that eventually went under. Surprise!!!
Fortunately, this time I was ready - I cherry-picked a few employees and a profitable division of said start-up and decided that if the NEXT company folded it was gonna be my own damn fault Smile
Which brings me to today. About 1.5 years ago we moved back to Houston for my wife's first faculty position (Prof of psych & biology) and I opened a satellite office here in Houston. Things are good. I launch my newest company in about 3 weeks and I'm looking forward to kickingthat off. We have agreat group of partners also doing some different automotive-related business inthe facility and we're all very excited about it.
Hobbies include running/excersize/gym time, tennis, racing cars and high-performance driving instruction, flying light aircraft (until my life insurance company shut that down) and sailing. Currently trying to learn piano and find time to enjoy some PC gaming, my XBOX 360 and a stack of books I need to get through."