James Waldinger is the founder and CEO of Artivest. Prior to forming Artivest, Waldinger was a portfolio manager with Clarium Capital, a large global macro hedge fund established in 2002 by Peter Thiel, co-founder and former CEO of PayPal. James also served as the lead analyst on Thiel’s initial Facebook investment in 2004. Prior to his positions with Clarium and Thiel, Waldinger worked with a variety of internet and technology startups in advisory, investment, and operational roles.
James received his JD and MBA degrees from Stanford University and his BA from Yale University. He is licensed to practice law in the state of New York and currently holds FINRA Series 3, 7, and 24 securities licenses. Waldinger is an active supporter of the performing arts and serves on the Gala Committee with the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts.