Preston L. James II

Co-founder | CEO

Preston is the chief executive officer at DivInc, which is the first tech startup pre-accelerator in Texas focused on ethnically diverse and women led founders. In May, 2016, he was re-appointed for a second year to the position of Entrepreneur in Residence at the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

A former 20 year veteran at Dell, he served in executive leadership roles in enterprise IT technology sales consulting where he oversaw teams responsible for driving $250M+ in revenues. He ended his career at Dell as the managing director for the Dell Global Center for Entrepreneurship.

Preston works tirelessly to help improve the tech startup ecosystem by making it more inclusive and collaborative by creating more transparent paths to entrepreneurial resources for underrepresented groups. He is an evangelist for creating a “mindset shift” within underrepresented communities with the message of empowerment through entrepreneurship.

Preston earned his Bachelor’s of Science and Engineering degree at Howard University, in Washington, DC. A proud native New Yorker, Preston has lived in Austin since 1997 with his wonderful wife Kim and their four children, Sydney(16), Cori (13), Presli (10) and Preston, III (7).