Giving thanks to Jim
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Jim loved Thanksgiving because it was a time to acknowledge, honor, and thank people. We want to create that space for him here. Join us in sharing your thoughts, memories, and stories of Jim in a perpetual thanks giving...
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2018-11-29 01:12:23 -0500
Rest on Peace, thank you for welcoming my son into your company. Angels will walk you through the door of Light.My sincere condolences to your family and friends.
2018-11-29 01:08:23 -0500
Thank you, Jim, for everything you have created and done.
You will be missed.
2018-11-29 00:59:59 -0500
I never had the chance to meet Jim in person, but I did speak to him during a video interview he did with my husband (who ended up going to work at Nationbuilder). Jim wanted to speak with me directly about any concerns I had, which I thought was very kind.
So while I can’t speak to Jim and who he was as a person, because I did not know him beyond that experience, I can speak to him as a person who dealt with chronic illness and cancer. I too have had cancer, and also dealt with chronic health problems over my lifetime. I know how draining fighting for your health can be, and there have been times I have been so overwhelmed with making sure I am getting my tests and treatments that I have had to pass on doing many of the things I loved. So it’s a testament to his passion, drive and spirit that he managed to grow a company like Nationbuilder. That’s not an easy thing to do even if you have perfect health. I tip my hat to him as a brave fighter that did not give up and wish him peace from his suffering and battles.
2018-11-29 00:33:12 -0500
I am sorry I did not have the opportunity to meet this very fine and dedicated person, who was thought of so highly by so many individuals. But by reading the letter making us aware of his passing, I can tell that he was an awesome individual who stood and fought for this great country of ours. May he rest in peace and may his family find the comfort offered by Our Lord God!
2018-11-29 00:14:42 -0500
Jim was a friend, a mentor and an inspiration. I started building communities and campaigns on NationBuilder when it was still in public beta back in April 2011.
I remember the 1st time meeting Jim in LA a few years ago. I went to shake his hand and he said “Sorry Brad but a handshake just won’t do it” and gave me a huge hug in front of a roomful of people.
Later in the day I remarked to him “So you got us all to fly out here on our dime for a conference so we can teach you how to better sell NationBuilder to us.”
He looked up at me with that mischievous smile of his and said “You SO get me, Brad. You always have.”
I designed the first Presidential campaign website on NationBuilder. Back then I didn’t know the difference between a div tag and a Maytag. Jim, Jesse Haff, Brian Tippy and others at NB held my hand, encouraged me and watched me grow as a designer.
I have met so many wonderful, brilliant people through my association with Jim and NationBuilder. Taylor Pineiro, Will Conway, Jay Godfrey, Ian Patrick Hines, Ned Howey, Mariana Spada, Corey McCann and so many more.
Maybe that is Jim’s greatest legacy. Inspiring communities.
Good travels Jim.
2018-11-29 00:13:47 -0500
Jim was our next door neighbor when he was a teenager in Chapel Hill, NC. He was a talented and kind soul. I am so sorry to hear of his passing at such a young age. My heart goes out to his family. Rest In Peace, Jim.
2018-11-28 23:54:59 -0500
NationBuilder helped our small rural community pass an education initiative that was and is imperative in a state that funds public education 47th-49th in the nation –
– the Education Foundation of Eagle County appreciates Jim and NationBuilder more than you’ll ever know. Thank you Jim – you are missed.
2018-11-28 23:26:29 -0500
Rest In Peace!
2018-11-28 22:36:12 -0500
I have always been impressed with Nationbuilder and I can see that it’s founder has left an enormous positive impression on its community. Peace and comfort to those who knew Jim and to his family.
2018-11-28 22:29:21 -0500
I had the honor of being Jim’s colleague in his early career i.e. Lycos, eCompanies and Business.com.
The world lost a great human being.
2018-11-28 22:13:57 -0500
I’m thankful for Jim and Nation Builder. My heart goes out to his family and friends and work family now in their time of loss.
2018-11-28 22:05:14 -0500
I only met Jim a few times, through mutual friends when he was in DC and during their A16Z fundraise, but from our short stints together he always struck me as a generous, open person who was passionate about really engaging with people… as evident by the accessibility of the tools he helped build.
My thoughts go out to him and his loved ones.
2018-11-28 21:57:53 -0500
Thank you, Jim, for everything you have done. You will be missed.
2018-11-28 21:53:46 -0500
I didn’t know own Jim but I’m sorry to learn of his passing. Clearly, he lived a passionnate and creative life, utilising his gifts. His family and everyone at NationBuilder are in my thoughts and prayers. May his soul rest in peace.
2018-11-28 21:37:27 -0500
I did not know Jim. I used NationBuilder products. Now I know why all the people who work there and provide technical support are so kind and generous with their guidance. It’s because of who they worked for. It is obvious that his company carries the values that Jim expressed in the video I just watched. What an inspiring man. What a truly tender and Godly soul. I know where he is now, and there is no more suffering. He would be convincing the Lord that he doesn’t need physical churches everywhere, he needs to go digital. Thank you for sharing your dear friend with us. Thank you for your message on this sad loss.
Kiran D M
2018-11-28 21:17:54 -0500
Oh no,I am sorry to hear that. I didn’t know “JG” personally, but “NB” timely given support @ 2014 was unforgettable, that was green campaign.
2018-11-28 21:16:01 -0500
It was great being introduced to Jim and learning about NationBuilder over a year ago now. Listening to him speak about himself, NationBuilder, and his medical journey was truly enlightening. Caring thoughts go out to Jim’s family, friends, and those who knew him best.
2018-11-28 21:11:38 -0500
Rest in Peace Jim !
2018-11-28 21:07:19 -0500
We didn’t know Jim but we’re sorry for your loss and we’re grateful for what he accomplished with NationBuilder, which is the platform we use for The Markaz. It serves us well.
2018-11-28 20:53:52 -0500
Jim was an entrepreneur’s entreprenuer. While we only got to spend time together a few times in the early Gov 2.0 days, every one of those conversations was insightful and memorable (no one better to talk about community building). Unfortunately, the last few years I’ve only been able to watch from afar – but always smiled when listening to him on an a16z podcast or watching one of his talks.
2018-11-28 20:40:58 -0500
Thanks for everything Jim. Peace to the NationBuilder family!
2018-11-28 20:40:02 -0500
I’ll always remember Jim’s gripping, soulful, profound talk, “The Internet is My Religion” — I was in the audience, spellbound. I’m heartbroken at Jim’s death, but grateful for the vitality of his life, and awed at the scope and significance of everything he built, and everyone he touched.
2018-11-28 20:29:46 -0500
Many thanks and much appreciation for all you have done. You will be missed.
2018-11-28 20:03:41 -0500
I only met Jim a handful of times in person starting way back at his days with business.com. Our meetings were infrequent throughout the years, but his presence was always undeniable. He was truly an exceptional human being and I treasure the time shared.
2018-11-28 20:01:19 -0500
I only began to use your software for the first time in the past month. I had no idea about how valuable it was and how it helped me achieve my goals. I have no doubt that those around you consider a gift to them but the legacy that you’ve left has been a gift to the world that can only grow bigger and better. Thank you.
2018-11-28 19:45:02 -0500
Sending my condolences & prayers to Jim’s family & friends a truly amazing man 😔
2018-11-28 19:35:37 -0500
It seems to me that Jim wanted more than anything to have an impact on the world. Specifically, to bring people together. He absolutely achieved that. In the early days of NationBuilder he interviewed every single one of us, and that crew of people are some of the best I know. I’m confident some will be my lifelong friends. He really knew how to pull together amazing people.
Jim and I were about as different as two people can be, and didn’t always see eye to eye, but I always wanted to try and impress him. He was the most dedicated “employee” at NationBuilder, always, so it made us all want to live up to that standard.
I know he’d never feel “done” with his work, but I hope he felt really accomplished. I’m really glad he took a chance on me. Working at NB was a wild ride that I’m really glad I took.
Wishing all the best to his family, friends and the NationBuilder community.
2018-11-28 19:21:22 -0500
I had the privilege of working with and knowing Jim Gilliam during my time at NationBuilder. Jim was a certified genius with a fire in his belly whose mission in life was to make world-changing software tools available to anyone and everyone who wanted to lead a movement of change. His life story is truly inspiring and his speeches and words and ideas and views of the world make me want to be a better human and do more good in the world.
Jim personally interviewed me twice during my application process at NationBuilder and I could tell he really tried to connect with me as a person and find out what drove me in my mission in life. And while he could be a stubborn and demanding leader at times, he also welcomed often harsh direct criticism and was always open to changing his mind and his policies if things weren’t working right — to a degree I’ve never seen or would have expected from a leader at his level.
His intellect was always paired with his humility, and his frustrations were always fueled by his unceasing desire to change the world for the better — not by his actions alone, but by empowering and enabling leaders all over the world to enact positive change in their communities and to build bridges that created larger and stronger communities.
My time at NationBuilder ended during a big forced layoff, and I remember Jim was crying and fighting back tears when he informed the staff because he cared so much for his community and didn’t want to have to do it. But my wife continued to work at NationBuilder after I left, and years later when I would visit her or attend work parties, Jim would always greet me with a big smile and a wave and maybe a hug; always making sure I knew that I was and will always be part of the NationBuilder community.
For that I will always be grateful.
Thanks, Jim. I’ll miss you.
2018-11-28 19:14:17 -0500
I joined NationBuilder back in the day as a direct result of Jim’s vision. I’ve never worked with someone that cared so much and had so much passion. Whenever I was in a meeting with Jim, I always thought “man, this is what Steve Jobs must’ve been like.” He was given a second chance at life and built something incredible. I’ll never forget my time at NationBuilder, and I’ll never forget Jim.
2018-11-28 19:09:32 -0500
One year, at NetRoots Nation, I met Adriel Hampton, who had just recently begun working at a new startup called NationBuilder. We chatted for a while, and he told me about Jim and insisted I watch Jim’s “The Internet is my Religion” video on YouTube. I watched it and felt the tears stream down my cheek.
Adriel introduced me to Jim and Dan Walmsley via email, and after a couple phone interviews, I flew out to LA to meet the team.
During my stay, Jim picked me up from my hotel and carted me around in his Acura, taking me in like a member of the team, even tho we had just met. When it came time for me to fly back to New York, Jim drove me to the airport and pitched me on joining NB.
Although I ultimately decided to stay in New York and not go to work for NB, it was a tough decision, in large part because I was so impressed by Jim, on so many different levels, from his dedication to his beliefs to his willingness to never surrender, even when he faced very significant obstacles.
I may’ve only ever talked to him once after I got back from Los Angeles, but I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet him and spend a couple days learning about his vision for his company and our world.
The world has lost a beautiful soul with the passing of Jim Gilliam, but in sharing his stories and perspectives with us, Jim left us with insights about what makes a soul beautiful in the first place.