Jim Udall is a veteran of three technology revolutions: the personal computer, the Internet, and the currently unfolding mobile revolution. With a colourful career spanning over 40 years in high technology, Jim has been a true innovator and entrepreneur. Having adopted a passion for startups while a co-op student of UWaterloo, he has participated in five startups of which three he personally co-founded.
Jim has recently retired as Chief Technological Officer (CTO) from his most recent startup - QuickMobile. QuickMobile is the recognized world leader in mobile apps for the meetings and events space. Their customer list includes over 25 of the Fortune 100 companies as well as over 100 of the Fortune 500 companies. The company currently employs over 150 people - largely in the Vancouver, BC tech community.
His previous startup venture was Vienna Systems - a pioneer in Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) that was successfully acquired by Nokia in 1998. As part of this, Jim accepted the position of chief architect at the Nokia Mobile Phones Product Creation Centre in Vancouver with responsibility for leading the growth of the nascent site from 35 to over 400 people in less than four years. In this role, Jim led the drive to higher functionality mobile phones focusing on the delivery of media rich services in the mobile environment.
His overriding passion has been the exploration of new technologies and the business opportunities they present. This has resulted in a very broad range of knowledge and skills across disparate technologies, including expertise in operating system design, telecommunications (fixed and wireless), data communications, real-time processing and multiple web technologies.
He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (BMath, 1979) and now spends his time mentoring the next generation of technology entrepreneurs.