Always equipped with a Problem to Solve, Jim’s ideas and inventions continue to provide game-changing solutions in the fields of communication, education, and VR and AR technology, and peace across a range of companies and charitable organizations.
How To Raise a Founder with Heart, a book by Jim Marggraff
Forbes reviewed Jim's book, and declared it not only valuable for parents, but a BEST BOOK for any Startup Founders and First-Time Entrepeneurs.
Also, Tony Robbins had this to say about it:
"I've spent most of my life developing programs and founding ventures to help people surpass their self-imposed limits and realize their ultimate potential. It's a tremendous pleasure to read a book written for parents that will help them establish a mindset, a problem solving, and but the, and limitless potential in their children. Jim has nailed it. He weaves together his entrepreneurial background- including creating the Leapfrog LeapPad, one of the most successful educational products in history - and family experiences into a compelling book of stories, science, and parenting tips that are funny, poignant, and insightful. How to Raise a Founder with Heart is a must read"
- Tony Robbins, entrepreneur, philanthropist, best-selling author, and life and business strategist
In the year 2004, 80% of Afghan women were non-literate. To help combat this issue, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson, approached Jim and his team at LeapFrog. They were tasked with creating custom Dari and Pashto LeapPads that would be used to educate women in Afghanistan. Jim and his team created and shipped 20,000 custom LeapPads to health clinics in Afghanistan, where women could use them safely. Their creation taught Afghan women and mothers about sanitation, nutrition, depression, disease, immunization, and pregnancy.
Jim is a member of the Board of Directors for Team Gleason, a non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds in the pursuit of a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The foundation was started by former New Orleans Saints star Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.
Chairman of the Board
Jim currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Global Impact Group, a non-profit organization that works to solve humanitarian problems, with a focus on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Jim raised funding and was Executive Produced for this VR film titled "One Small Act", in a partnership he established between Google and Rotary. The VR film addresses peace and polio eradication through a series of kind acts that help a young girl navigate through war-torn Bosnia. The film can be viewed on the Rotary VR app, or online here. Be sure to navigate on you computer or phone for 360º viewing!
The VR film was shown to an audience of over 3000 people at Rotary's Annual Convention in 2018, who were supplied with Google Cardboards for use with their smartphones. At that time (and possibly to this day) this was the largest colocated real-time viewing of a VR film in history.