Jim Sharpe is the CEO at Aventri, an Event Management Technology that enables thousands of brands globally to transform the way they plan and execute their events and meetings for virtual, hybrid, and in-person event experiences.
Throughout his career, Jim has led high-performing teams in private equity-backed tech-enabled businesses, investing in talent, service and product resulting in significant revenue growth.
Prior to Aventri, Jim was Managing Director and GM of Gerson Lehrman Group’s. In this capacity he led several hundred professionals and achieved significant expansion of the user base while growing revenues to over $200 million.
During this interview we cover:
00:00 Contentfy, Your On-Demand Content Team (Sponsor)
02:15 - Jim’s Background, Past Positions & Ventures
04:32 - Aventri & the Virtual Events Boom
08:07 - What’s Expected for the Industry to Behave in the Near Future?
10:37 - Where are Virtual Events Happening?
14:13 - Ensuring Security as Well as Experience for Live Events
17:30 - Is Hosting a Virtual Event for Every Business
20:17 - Ways to Prove ROI with a Virtual Event
23:46 - Product Development & Roadmap with Many Variables
29:05 - Attracting & Building a Strong Foundation of Trust with Investors
32:21 - Advice Jim Would Tell his 25 Year old Self
34:05 - Biggest Challenges Jim is Facing Right Now