James Currier has been developing digital products and businesses since 1991 when he worked at GTE New Ventures in Hollywood. In 1993, he went to STAR TV the satellite television broadcaster based in Hong Kong and to Beijing to study at the Beijing School of Economics. He then back to the US to Battery Ventures in Boston in 1994 as an Associate.
In 1999, he started the social media network Tickle, which was originally named Emode. They got profitable, survived the crash, and grew it to $38 million in revenue and nearly 200M registered users. Tickle was sold to Monster in May 2004.
In early 2007, he started Ooga Labs as a tech company greenhouse with Stan Chudnovsky and some of the team from Tickle. In 2008, they spun out WonderHill, a casual games company. WonderHill's big hit was Dragons of Atlantis. Wonderhill grew to $60M in revenue and merged with Kabam in 2010.
In Dec 2010, Ooga spun out Jiff, a secure network and marketplace for connecting the mobile health ecosystem to the heath care industry. In 2012, Ooga spun out IronPearl to build software tools and methodologies to create growth for networks and marketplaces.
In 2015, the Ooga team formalized their advising and investing by creating NFX Guild. NFX is a calendar based program for networks and marketplaces -- companies with network effects.