James Kuklinski joined Spark in 2018 with the goal of partnering with companies for the long term as they work towards building a thriving, sustainable business. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, James spent three years at Allen & Company, where he advised private and public technology companies, including Twitter, LinkedIn, and Roku on M&A and capital raising.
Now, as part of Spark’s growth team, James provides unwavering support to founders as they navigate the critical decisions that will shape the future of their company. “My job is to listen and think through that next phase of growth,” he says. “What are the right go-to-market strategies? What does the company need to look like at IPO?”
James looks for founders building fintech platforms and application software platforms across sectors, including large but traditionally underpenetrated industries like real estate and logistics. He believes that the most important insights about a company come from listening deeply to both sides—to the founders as they strive to build their vision of the future and to the customers using the products. “Founders know more about their business than anyone else, and we partner with them because we believe in the future they’re building,” he says. “At the same time, feedback from customers helps us see around corners and provide a view on what’s happening at the margins that may become more meaningful.”