James Simmons

James Simmons

Partner,Fortium Partners & Former CEO, Everyone Counts

James Simmons is a product, technology, and business leader used to tackling big problems in hard industries. He is a Partner at Fortium Partners, the world’s largest and fastest-growing provider of technology leadership services, where he works as a strategic advisor and interim or fractional CTO for startups, mature enterprises, and institutional investors, focusing on emerging and disruptive technologies. Before joining Fortium, he spent the past several years at Everyone Counts, a leading innovator in election technology, first as head of product and technology and then as CEO. While there he launched the most advanced and secure voter registration and citizen engagement platform in the world, piloted online voting in the U.S. presidential election, and oversaw high profile public and private voting for the United Nations, the Oscars and Emmys, three of the Big 4 accounting firms, and governments around the world. In October 2018, Everyone Counts was acquired by Votem Corp., creating the world’s largest dedicated blockchain voting company.

James is no stranger to highly-secure, highly-regulated industries. He began his career as a software engineer at Northrop Grumman working on control algorithms for missile defense satellites, spent almost a decade working on defense and intelligence projects that included autonomous vehicles, sensor data fusion, warfighter-machine interface systems, and culminated with two years in the Middle East managing the technology team for the U.S.’ forward-deployed armored vehicle fleet.

Seeking opportunities to innovate and disrupt faster, James left big aerospace and took a series of leadership roles in small, fast-growing technology companies. At Verify, he led the design, development, and deployment of a supply chain management system that proved so successful it had 50 of the Fortune 500 using it within six months of launch. His next challenge was in the legal services space as head of product development for LegalZoom, where he helped lead the company's pivot from transactional to subscription-based relationships and launch their industry-leading mobile apps.

In addition to his day-to-day leadership, James is a recognized expert in technology thought leadership and policy. He also speaks regularly at venues as varied as South by Southwest, the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), and the International Association of Government Officials. In recent years, he has become an advocate and evangelist for blockchain technology and its application across multiple sectors including civic engagement, legal services, supply chain, and national security. James holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College and multiple certifications related to project management, software development, and product architecture.