James F. Kenefick

Serial entrpreneur, noteworthy executive

Business & Entrepreneurship.

Located in New York City, James “Jim” F. Kenefick is a serial entrepreneur and noteworthy executive who has spent the last 25-plus years gaining expertise as a chairman, CEO, and a force to be reckoned with within the technology sector.

For as long as he can remember, James has aspired to forge his own path to a fulfilling career, regardless of the challenges such an undertaking inherently pose. As such, he committed to laying a solid foundation upon which he could build a successful future, which he achieved through seeking a higher education. 


A graduate of Babson College, James F. Kenefick earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies in 1986. During his time in undergraduate school, Jim excelled in his course work, sought mentorship from distinguished faculty members, and diversified his interests by playing on the school’s rugby team and serving as a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. 


Upon concluding this first leg of his academic career, James went on to complete the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Throughout this program, James gleaned invaluable insight into what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur, the value of building and maintaining a strong network with other professionals, and the importance of remaining adept and adaptable throughout one’s ventures. 


Needless to say, James F. Kenefick took these principles and ran with them, applying them to every applicable situation that arose throughout the early stages of his career. Possessing such knowledge at such a young age set Jim apart from the others in his field and thus opened the door to opportunities he would never have thought possible.


Over the course of his career, James has had the distinct pleasure of managing more than 650 employees and a sales force comprised of over 220 individuals across 22 offices and three separate sales channels. Furthermore, he has completed over $150 million in transactions for 10 technology companies; raised over $500 million in capital to create companies valued at over $750 million in market capitalization; led three companies from the start-up phase to revenue growth of $15, $30, and $100 million in less than 10 years; and received multiple Inc. 500 / Inc. 5,000 awards along the way. 


Now, James F. Kenefick serves as Managing Partner of Azafran Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm that specializes in voice, acoustic, and imagery modalities that fall within artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company, which James established in early 2018, places an emphasis on disruptively solving difficult issues within large markets, and has already achieved this feat across the spheres of  health & wellness and IoT & enterprise. Alongside his team of talented specialists and industry leaders, James’ primary focuses encompass strategic execution, capital formation, building and maintaining a thriving corporate culture, developing fellow high-growth leaders, and creating value. 


On this website, James F. Kenefick will be sharing insights into the realms of business and entrepreneurship, as well as technology’s relationship with both. Should you be interested in learning more, be sure to check back frequently for updates.