Jim Ellis


Jim Ellis

Lecturer in Management

Deans’ Liaison for Lecturers and Teaching Development
MBA Class of 1973 Lecturer for 2022–2023

Teaching Statement

Jim Ellis’ research and writings are focused on the topics of new venture formation and the effective management of small to mid-sized enterprises. Over the last several years he has worked closely with his faculty colleagues to refine course material related to the process of evaluating entrepreneurial opportunities. Mr. Ellis also works extensively with a number of diverse businesses as founder, investor, board member, and advisor.


Mr. Ellis is a lecturer in management at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is currently teaching two strategic management courses that center around the early stages of the entrepreneurial process. These courses include Formation of New Ventures (S353), and Managing Growing Enterprises (S355). Mr. Ellis takes a personal interest and enjoys participating in and contributing to the learning process faced by each of his students.

Prior to coming to Stanford, Mr. Ellis held a number of positions with both large and small companies. In 1995, Mr. Ellis co-founded Asurion with Kevin Taweel to provide value-added solutions for the wireless communications industry. Previously responsible for Asurion’s sales and marketing efforts, Mr. Ellis is an active member of the company’s board of directors. Mr. Ellis has also held positions as a research associate at Stanford Graduate School of Business and as a consultant with IMG and Cresap, McCormick, and Paget. He is a member of a number of boards of directors including BUILD, Asurion, Service Source Inc., Memento Press, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, and Southern California Risk Management Associates. Mr. Ellis holds an MBA from Stanford GSB and a bachelor’s degree with high honors in economics from Dartmouth College. He is also a recipient of Ernst and Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Stanford GSB, 1993
  • BA, Dartmouth, 1987

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford since 2003

Professional Experience

  • Cofounder, Director, Asurion Corp., 1995–present
  • Founder, Director, Mill River, 1994–95
  • Case Writer, Stanford University, 1993–94

Awards and Honors

  • MBA Class of 1973 Lecturer for 2021–22
  • MBA Class of 1973 Lecturer for 2020–21
  • MBA Class of 1973 Lecturer for 2019–20
  • MBA Class of 1973 Lecturer, 2018–19
  • MBA Class of 1973 Lecturer, 2017–18
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Ernst & Young, 2001

Stanford Case Studies

Service to the Profession

  • Member, MBA Curriculum Redesign Task Force
  • National Basketball Players Association Program

Board Member

  • Service Source
  • Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
  • Icon Aircraft
  • Memento Press

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