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Joshua James

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Joshua James
Born (1972-10-14) October 14, 1972 (age 48)
🏡 ResidenceBrooklyn, New York
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🎓 Alma materSeattle University
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  1997–present
  • Zig Media co-founder and CEO
  • Basecamp Productions co-founder and CEO
👩 Spouse(s)Meagan Ashley James (married July 2014) [1]

Joshua James is an American entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Zig Media, a mobile technology platform acquired in June, 2019 by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Group [2]. He also previously co-founded and served as CEO of Basecamp Productions, a music production company.


James attended both Seattle University and Washington State University into his senior year, but did not graduate. Before co-founding Zig Media, James co-founded an broadband company called RiseTech that was subsequently sold to EQ Office. James then co-founded Basecamp Productions. Beginning with Pearl Jam’s groundbreaking “Official Bootlegs” series,[3][4] artists who appeared on recordings distributed exclusively by Basecamp include: Pearl Jam, Linkin Park,[5] Jay-Z, U2, Disturbed, Chris Cornell, Tori Amos, Ben Harper, The Black Crowes, The Cult, Busta Rhymes, Sleater-Kinney, Kings of Leon, Mudhoney, My Morning Jacket, Sonic Youth and many others. In 2009 Basecamp was acquired by the Warner Music Group where James worked for a number of years before leaving to launch Zig Media.

Zig Media was first announced on CNBC[6] and then dubbed "The Instagram for news" by The New York Times[7], the company's platform distills original and sourced content into images and video[8][9], then distributes it through mobile phones [10][11][12]and desktop computer application Fast Company reported that ZIG investors included Graydon Carter, Ronald Meyer, Quincy Jones, Live Nation and Vivi Nevo among others.[13] In June, 2019 James sold the company to the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Group [14]

Personal Life[edit]

James is the son of longtime Seattle area media personality Mike James [15]


  1. {{url=https://www.weddingchicks.com/blog/italian-wine-country-wedding-l-11338-l-43.html |title=Italian Wine Country Wedding |publisher=The Wedding Chicks
  2. {{ url=https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/billboard-hollywood-reporter-group-acquires-news-app-zig-1217428 |title=Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Group Acquires News App Zig |publisher=The Hollywood Reporter
  3. "Pearl Jam Goes Digital For Live Bootleg Series | Billboard". billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  4. "Pearl Jam goes digital for live bootleg series - today > entertainment - Music - TODAY.com". msnbc.msn.com. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  5. https://www.iconvsicon.com/2011/01/13/linkin-park-offer-free-download-of-live-shows-on-north-american-tour/
  6. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/16/social-media-entrepreneurs-hope-to-change-the-way-people-read-news.html
  7. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/14/business/media/graydon-carter-vanity-fair-app-zig.html
  8. https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/8097703/live-nation-graydon-carter-quincy-jones-and-ron-meyer
  9. https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/312955/new-mobile-platform-zig-delivers-customized-conten.html
  10. https://www.nbcnews.com/card/what-s-graydon-carter-meet-zig-media-app-just-raised-n874466
  11. https://www.wired.com/story/news-apps-to-replace-facebooks-news-feed/
  12. https://www.axios.com/newsletters/axios-media-trends-65051e71-5f26-453b-b958-8fb9077ee6ee.html#story9
  13. "Why are media veterans investing in this startup news app?". Fast Company. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  14. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/billboard-hollywood-reporter-group-acquires-news-app-zig-1217428
  15. http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19990713&slug=2971480