James Conlon

Bullpen Capital

James joined Bullpen Capital in 2012. He is leading Bullpen’s efforts in the rapidly growing LA startup ecosystem and has led investments in Lawn Love, Saucey, HERB, Confident Cannabis, and Hairdoo among others. He is the co-founder of start-up intelligence firm Venture Scanner.

From 2000-2004 James conducted independent research in the fields of materials science and particle physics. In 2001 he was recognized for his work on thin film polymers with a 1st Place award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and he was selected to represent the United States at the MILSET International Sciences-Expo in Grenoble, France. In 2003 he worked on the fabrication of the calorimeter cooling systems for the ATLAS particle collider at CERN, which eventually proved the existence of the Higgs Boson.

From 2005-2008 James was a professional poker player, building his analytical skill-set on over 1,000,000 hands of experience in risk assessment, financial modeling, and pattern recognition.

In 2011 James joined RPX Corporation (Kleiner-backed, IPO in under 3 years) as a legal analyst. His research on patent troll activity at the International Trade Commission was presented at the White House and cited by leading IP law scholars including the Director of the Stanford Law School Program in Law, Science, and Tech. James was later retained by a national non-profit as part of a team to write an Amicus Brief to the United States Supreme Court in the Myriad Genetics v. ACLU patent case in 2012.

He received his B.A. from Bucknell University in 2006 and his J.D. from the American University, Washington College of Law in 2009.

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