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Jim Gilliam

Founder and Executive Chairman

Jim Gilliam was the founder of NationBuilder, the software platform for leaders. He served as CEO for 8 years and became Executive Chairman in 2017, before passing away on November 23, 2018 after battling cancer and related complications.

Previously, he co-founded Robert Greenwald's Brave New Films, building a non-profit grassroots media powerhouse of a million members. In the late 90's, he launched as its Chief Technology Officer, and worked at Lycos, one of the first internet search engines. Gilliam has produced four documentaries, and was honored in 2008 with Take Back America’s second annual Maria Leavey Tribute Award.

His speech at the Personal Democracy Forum in June 2011, The Internet is My Religion, has been viewed over 500,000 times and called "the best video on the internet."