James Benedict

Co-Founder, Left Tackle Capital

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James is a Co-Founder of Left Tackle Capital. Left Tackle Capital’s (LTC) mission is to change the demographics and culture of asset management.  

Prior to co-founding Left Tackle Capital, James was a partner with Kidd & Company (KCO), a family office direct investment firm which consistently generated world-class investment returns. James serves on the NextPhase Medical Devices & Colerain Family RV board of directors and is an observer on the Logistyx Technologies board of directors.

 Prior to joining KCO, he was Senior Managing Director and Chief Talent Officer at Spencer Trask & Co, a venture capital firm that made the initial investments in category changing companies, including Ciena, Next Level Communications, Health Dialog, Myriad Genetics & Prolor Biotech. James oversaw talent acquisition and development across the Spencer Trask portfolio, and also served on the boards and advisory boards of several Spencer Trask companies.

 James has been actively involved in several purpose-led endeavors:

 He is a founding advisory board member of Maverick Collective. Maverick Collective is a groundbreaking philanthropic and advocacy initiative aimed at catalyzing the next wave of social investors setting out to improve the health and rights of girls and women worldwide. Maverick Collective was co-founded by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess of Norway Mette-Marit and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 He also serves on the Young Audiences Board of Directors, where he is a founding board member of the Young Audiences Charter School at Kate Middleton in New Orleans, the first arts in education charter school in the United States.

He serves on the Advisory Board of Mogul, a technology platform that enables women in over 30,000 cities in nearly 200 countries to share ideas, seek advice, access content while offering mentorship and promoting entrepreneurship.

 Along with Thomas LeDet and Sebastian Harris, James is co-author of Rocka My SoulRocka My Soul is the story of the 1981 Jack Yates Lions, the first all African-American football team to advance to the Texas state championship post-segregation.

 James has a Ph.D. in International Economics from Columbia University, a B.A. from Baylor University, and a Certificate on Monetary and Fiscal Policy from the Japanese Ministry of Finance.