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Jim Coulter

Speaker jim coulter
Co-CEO and Founding Partner, TPG

Jim is a co-chair of the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission, which was established to determine how technology can help transform education in America, and an advisory board member of Common Sense Media, the nation's leading nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that media and technology are safe and positive forces in the lives of kids.

The eagle-eyed investor

Veteran financier Jim Coulter knows disruption when he sees it, and if his tenure at private equity firm TPG is any indication, he sees it often and early. Jim has helped build TPG into a unique platform of specialized alternative asset investment strategies, one that specializes in identifying and building companies in industries that are at points of inflection. TPG, which has offices in 16 countries around the world, has a portfolio of technology and software companies that span the evolving needs of society, from cybersecurity giant McAfee to digitally enabled disruptors Airbnb and Uber. The firm has also invested in a wide range of creative media and consumer companies – including CAA, Cirque du Soleil, ipsy, Univision, VICE and Viking Cruises – that interweave experiences, entertainment, products and information in entirely new ways. TPG was one of the first private equity firms to invest in China and subsequently built a major presence in Asia, including an active role in the rapidly growing Indian market. The firm’s global footprint now spans high-potential geographies from Morocco to Myanmar. TPG’s ongoing evolution led to last year’s introduction of The Rise Fund, a $2 billion fund dedicated to impact investing as scale, with the mandate of achieving both competitive returns and positive social or environmental impact.
“You actually get to a certain age… and you realize that somehow the world’s problems are yours to solve.”
Jim to Common Sense Media

Jim is a co-chair of the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission, which was established to determine how technology can help transform education in America, and an advisory board member of Common Sense Media, the nation's leading nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that media and technology are safe and positive forces in the lives of kids.