James Currier is founder and President of Tickle Inc. and SVP of Consumer Services at Monster.com. A former venture capitalist with a deep passion for digital media and social sciences, James developed an early vision of how the Internet could be used to help people learn more about themselves and better connect with each other.
The inspiration for Tickle came when James attended Harvard Business School in 1998. He saw his class take a career personality test and noticed the striking improvement in how his classmates communicated with each other. Talking with professors at Harvard, MIT and Yale about this phenomenon, James discovered that valuable scientific research into many areas of human behavior career, relationships, intelligence, finances, sexuality, health were hidden within academic institutions, inaccessible to the average person.
James believed that an Internet-based company that brought this scientific knowledge directly to individuals could allow people to connect better for jobs, relationships and other services. Staying true to this vision over the last six years, Tickle today provides assessment tests, career profiling, matchmaking and social networking to more than 14 million active members.
Based in San Francisco, Tickle has been ranked by Media Metrix and Neilsen as a top 50 destination site. The company has experienced double-digit growth, and has been profitable for nine straight quarters. Today, Tickle employs more than 65 employees. In May of 2004, the company was acquired by Monster.com for approximately $100 million.
Prior to founding Tickle, James was an Associate with venture capital firm Battery Ventures in Boston. Before Battery, James served as Business Development Manager at STAR TV in Hong Kong. He spent his first years out of college as an Associate with GTE, including GTE New Ventures in the Los Angeles area, building relationships with film studios, ad agencies, broadcasters and publishers to build new digital media companies strategic to GTE.
James graduated from Princeton University in 1990 and Harvard Business School in 1999. He grew up in New Hampshire in a family of teachers and musicians and has been a serial entrepreneur from the time he was 6 years old. He has sailed across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and in 2000 he co-founded an acapella singing group in San Francisco called the Richter Scales. James is married with two children.