Entrepreneurship Founders

James Clarke

Membership Information:

Member Status: Gold
Member Since: 2011

Employment:

Job Title: CEO/Managing Partner
Company: Clarke Capital
Location: Utah, United States

Expertise:

  • Private Equity/Venture

Biography:

James Clarke is the CEO & Managing Partner of Clarke Capital Partners, a Growth Equity and Alternatives Family Office. In 2001, James founded CLEARLINK, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, working as CEO, then Executive Chairman.  After roughly 10 years in online retail, CLEARLINK, with over 1,000 employees, was acquired in 2011 by Pamlico Capital (formerly Wachovia). 

James has served on the Boards of Havens Residence Club, 1-800-Pharmacy.com, and as the Founding Investor at HireVue.com, among others.  James currently serves on the Boards at True Science, Curza, Contour, Perfectly Posh, MyFastPC, eLearningBros and Quantacy.     

In his community, James has served on the Board of Advisors at Kingsbury Hall, BYU-I's Presidents Advancement Council, as a Trustee on the Board of the Utah Symphony, The Utah Opera, The Deer Valley Music Festival, and Mountain West Capital Network. He has been a member of the Utah Technology Council & YPO. Currently, James is a Trustee at Utah Valley University--Utah's largest university--where he serves as Chairman of the Foundation Board.  He is a Founder at BYU's Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology and serves as Co-Chair at the Brigham Young University Center for Ethics, where he is a lecturer. The Clarkes also direct the "Labore et Honore" Foundation for Education, the Arts and Humanitarian Efforts.    

James has been recognized as a vSpring 100 Entrepreneur, an MWCN Utah 100 multi-year Honoree, and as a Utah Business Magazine 40 Under 40. CLEARLINK was named as Utah's 4th fastest growing company, is a multi-year INC. 500 honoree and has been voted consistently as one of Utah's Best Places to Work. In 2013, the Utah State Bar named Clarke as the Technology Pioneer of the Year.

James is married to the former Andrea Earl of Holladay, Utah and they are parents to three children. He is an Alumnus of BYU, Harvard Business School and holds a Masters Degree in Management from the University of Oxford.