40 Minute Mentor

January 18, 2023

Where Are They Now: James McClure On Angel Investing And Advice For Solopreneurs

“The key is to be niche on an audience, but fairly liberal in what’s the best way for you to interact with them. And particularly with how to monetise that audience.” 

In this week’s ‘Where Are They Now’ feature episode, we’re joined by James McClure – experienced C-level Tech Exec, Angel Investor, Advisor and Executive Coach. 

James has grown big names, like Airbnb and Google, internationally and scaled up VC-backed businesses, like SeatGeek and Adzuna, running the commercial operations in regional and global roles. 

Since the last time he’s come on 40 Minute Mentor, James has made the move down under, officially turned his coaching, investing and advisory side hustle into a business and launched x2 online courses for busy tech execs. 

In today’s episode, we find out: 

➡️ Why James decided to move to Australia [02:03] 

➡️ The importance of being active on social media, especially as a Solopreneur [05:22] 

➡️ Defining where you get your energy from and finding your audience [08:03] 

➡️ More about our sponsors, Alchemist [10:59] 

➡️ What to expect from James’s online courses [12:06] 

➡️ The biggest lessons he’s learned as an angel investor [15:52] 

➡️ How Founders benefit from angel investors [19:02] 

➡️ More about his plans for 2023 [21:23] 

➡️ How you can partner with JBM/40 Minute Mentor [22:42] 


Helpful links:

➡️ More about James: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesmcclure/ 

➡️ Sign up to “How To Angel Invest For Busy Tech Execs”: https://maven.com/reload-ventures/how-to-angel-invest 

➡️ Sign up to “Scale Your Impact Beyond Your Authority”: https://coleap.cc/s4m


💙A big thank you to our Sponsors:

Alchemist – an industry leading learning and development company, whose learning journeys and experiences help organisations who want to grow, change or transform by putting the learner first to optimise organisational performance.

To learn more about Alchemist and see how they work with some of the most innovative companies in the world, head over to https://thisisalchemist.com/40minutementor/  to find out more. 


🤝Explore Hidden Pages: 

For this year’s Black History Month, we’ve had the great pleasure of partnering with Samuel Tholley and Hidden Pages – a zine discovering hidden Melanated history & lists of sources exploring the Melanated/”Black” experience. 

We talked about his motivation behind Hidden Pages, why it’s so important to normalise black history and he shares some amazing historic figures we can all learn from.

This is only the beginning of this partnership, so make sure you check out our initial conversation with Samuel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF_-blY_kUQ 


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