James DiPadua

james.dipadua@gmail.com — 928.707.0173 — San Francisco, CA

Professional Summary

Over the last 13 years, I have developed a diverse mix of professional experience. After working in Business Development and Sales for 6 years in the B2B (SaaS) and B2C (insurance) markets, I found a real passion in product design (UI/UX). For Servio, Crowdsource.com and Magpie, I designed the interfaces and workflows used by hundreds of thousands of people. As the co-founder of Magpie Software, I had responsibility for business development and product design, ultimately resulting in our acquisition in 2014. Since then, I have immersed myself in machine learning and am in the process of completing a Masters in Computing at the Dublin Institute of Technology. I have participated in competitions on Kaggle.com, with one finish in the top 25%.


I seek to build profitable teams and businesses around amazing software and user experiences while leveraging the full potential of machine learning. Games, gamification, big data and crowdsourcing are all areas I find particularly engaging.

Super Powers Core Beliefs
  • Product
  • Identification of Market & Product Opportunities
  • Product Design & Roadmap Creation
  • Wireframe & UX Design
  • Feature & Resource Prioritization
  • Product Marketing & eCommerce
  • SEO & Landing Page Optimization
  • Business
  • Strategy & Positioning
  • Business Development & Sales
  • Public Speaking
  • Culture & Team Building
  • Project Management
  • Google AdWords & Analytics
  • Technical
  • Machine Learning
  • Python, PHP, JS (Metor, D3), Mongo, MySQL, Oracle
  • Linux, Git, Octave, R
  • Visio/Balsamiq/Gliffy, Projects, WordPress
  1. Challenge

    Recognize what I do not know today but need tomorrow. Challenge myself to master those deficiencies.

  2. Truth

    When making decisions, use available facts, not bias.

  3. Improvement

    I may face a point where good enough is good enough for today. Tomorrow is another opportunity to make it better.

  4. Respect

    Build empathy for and trust in my colleagues. Give respect first in order to receive it.

  5. Teamwork

    Achieve excellence through collaboration and genuine camaraderie.

TBD LabsSeptember 2012 – Present

Founder, Principal

Product incubator and consulting firm started to help clients with product and process needs, focusing on Big Data and Crowdsourcing enterprises.

Servio (acquired by Crowdsource.com)October 2009 – August 2012 Serv.io & CloudCrowd

Director of Program Management (2012)

Senior Product & Program Manager (2011)

Program Manager (2009 – 2010)

As a member of Servio's management team, I contributed to the strategic growth and direction of the company. My day-to-day responsibilities included ownership of our crowdsourcing software development roadmaps and the prioritization of development activities. Was also a key facilitator of major account wins including Staples, Walmart, Groupon, Walgreens & Target.

Power9ProAugust 2008 – February 2015

Founder & Product Lead Power9Pro.com

Taking my passion and enthusiasm for Magic: the Gathering, I created Power9Pro to create products and services that further enrich the experience of playing Magic.

J & C GroupAugust 2007 – March 2015

Founder, Sales & Project Lead

I forged long-term relationships with small outdoor activities businesses that provided ample opportunities to help develop coding experience.

Certain SoftwareApril 2007 – May 2008

Sales Representative

Enterprise sales representative for Southeast territory.

Meltwater GroupJune 2006 – April 2007

Key Account Manager

Enterprise sales representative for online media monitoring.

Insurance AgentOctober 2003 – June 2006

Insurance and Financial Services

Berlitz Language SchoolAugust 2002 – July 2003

English Instructor

Instructed business professionals in English.


B.A. Trinity University, San Antonio TX - Philosophy and Chinese (1998-2002)

Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany (October 2002-July 2003)

TsingHua University/Columbia University, Beijing, China (June-August 2000)

Coursera, Statistics, Machine Learning, Behaviorial Economics, Gamification, Game Theory (2012 - present)

Financial licenses: Series 6 & 63 (2004)

MSc in Computing, Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin Ireland - Data Analytics (2015 - Summer 2016)

Thesis Topic: Security Forecasting Using Wavelet Transformations, Neural Networks and Support Vector Machines
LanguagesInterestsMore Info

German - Conversationally fluent

Chinese (Mandarin) – Competent

French – Competent

Spanish – Novice

  • Health and Fitness
  • Magic: the Gathering
  • Reading, Writing and Life Pondering