Author: Jim Teece

TEDx Talk

I recently had the honor of sharing the TEDx Ashland stage with my friend Trever Yarrish. We were asked to present our idea on creating a personal education plan and how to not only future proof yourself but also your community in doing so.

Job Loss will come more and more normal as technology replaces all of our jobs. What are we going to do about it?

Here are a few snippets from the talk that show my speaking style and audience reaction. I have to admit that the TEDx Talk is not normal for me to do. I don’t normally memorize what I’m going to say on stage.

I’m also quoting the section of the video I’m linking you to, so you can get a feel for what I’m saying and how I’m saying it.

“Today we encourage children to go and get a degree when they graduate they stand at this cliff at this edge and they’re presented with this concept of choosing a path from 10,000 paths. “

“My kids had a hard time choosing what to eat in a restaurant from a 2-page menu, imagine what occurs when you’re standing there and you’re told congratulations you’ve graduated now you need to make a choice. It leads to a lot of anxiety and some paralysis for many and it may be part of the reason why we’re seeing such a huge number of our graduates return home
after they graduate.”

“We live in a time of exponential change. Our children know this. It used to take a thousand people to build a billion-dollar company. Instagram sold to
Facebook for 1 billion dollars and it had a total of 13 employees.”

“If I stood here 20 years ago and I told you that we would be sleeping on strangers couches instead of a hotel and paying for it, you would think I was crazy yet we do that every day with Airbnb.”

“If I told you we would put our children in strangers cars and ask them to drive them home safely you would think I was crazy yet we do that every day with Uber.”

“If I told you that a man was going to disrupt the auto industry by building a luxury electric car and oh by the way that car is fully autonomous as soon as society is ready for it, you would think we were both crazy yet that’s exactly what Elon Musk is doing with Tesla and if you told me that today the largest software platform would live in this thing called the ‘cloud’ and there would be 1.5 billion people using it every single day and oh by the way it updates two times a day to all 1.5 billion people seamlessly without anybody knowing, I would say you were crazy and yet that happens every
single day on Facebook. “

“We know during all of this times of change and a lot of it’s exciting but it does create some challenges and the main challenge that Trevor and I are kind of focused on today with you is we’re talking about job loss what happens when Tesla’s Robo taxi becomes a reality no more taxi drivers, no more Uber drivers. What happens when autonomous trucking becomes reality? No more truck drivers. I’m talking about, in the United States alone, 5 million jobs. 600,000 of those in California. I’m talking about 3 percent of the US workforce. This keeps Trevor and I up at night. we’re part of the industry that’s creating amazing solutions yet there’s a price to pay and we have got to find a solution. “

“It isn’t you can’t just say well we just won’t create those solutions that’ll fix it. We can’t bury our head in the sand we need a better way.”

Here is the full video. I strongly encourage you to watch it in it’s entirety and send me feedback on what you think about our idea. Please also feel free to share this video with your friends and family on social.

“Future Proofing Your Bank”

Tuesday June 25, 2019 from 2pm to 3:30pm

Idaho Banking Association, Nevada Banking Association & Oregon Banking Association 2019 Convention

IBA, NBA & OBA 2019 Convention
Monday, June 24, 2019 8:00 AM – Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:30 PM PST Coeur d’Alene Resort 

Future Proofing Your Bank

Jim Teece, President & Chief Executive Officer, Project A
Jim Teece is an entrepreneur, innovator, public speaker, author,
educator and community bank board member – all at the same

During this provocative, inspiring and engaging session,
Jim will offer insight into how to “Future Proof Your Bank”.

He’ll discuss how to simultaneously focus on today’s customer
expectations, innovation and security, transparent marketing, and
community leadership.

Conference website –

“Learn to Live” – TEDx Ashland – May 20, 2019

I was selected to be one of the inaugural TEDx Ashland speakers along with my friend, Trever Yarrish. Chief Experience Officer / Founding Partner of Coding Zeal.

We spent months after being selected, creating enough content to speak for several hours and write many books and launch a blog on the idea we came up with and refined into a 17 minute TEDx Talk.

The elevator pitch of the talk is that in 15 years 40 percent of the jobs are going to become obsolete because of robots and AI. We need to develop a new way of learning new skills rapidly using a derivative of the agile approach that Trever and I use in our shops, to write code.

The video of the talk should be posted on and/or Youtube soon and I will include a link to it when it is posted as well as a full transcription of the talk.

Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Project A Inc.

SOREDI published an article about me written by Chris Cook on June 14, 2014. You can find the original article here. I copied it onto my page for convenience and long term storage.

ASHLAND, OR – What brings a software development company to Southern Oregon? After living in California and Arizona, Jim and Dena Teece chose to move their company, Project A, to Ashland, Oregon, for a combination of business and personal reasons: good transportation options, FedEx service, a small college-town atmosphere, a brew pub and it was friendly to small business.

When we moved here we were blown away at the brilliant people that we kept meeting,” Jim exclaimed.  “The quality of life is so high that brilliant people move here on purpose, and when you have this sea of brilliance, you really can do anything.”

That was 20 years ago—before the Internet—and while there are many more benefits for businesses today, not everything has changed. The quality of life and the quality of resources remains central to people’s happiness and success.

As a provider of e-government solutions, Jim and his team developed an easy and inexpensive way for municipalities to develop websites just as the Internet was taking hold. “I was realizing that a lot of the cities were spending a lot of money to get on the Internet and I don’t like that. I like keeping taxpayers’ dollars wisely used,” Jim explains.

Project A created a “Site in a Box” that any city employee could use to build a website that informed and empowered its citizens. It includes everything from news updates, council agendas and minutes to utility bills and traffic ticket payment systems.

After noticing that most citizens who are city council members are not versed on how to manage a city-sized budget, Jim is currently working on a subscription-based model for cities to help citizens, the city council and staff prioritize their budgets. This alleviates the need and expense of hiring consultants with taxpayer money.

“Chief Disrupter and Host” of the Ashland Innovators Conference, Jim has been a lightning rod, bringing simple solutions to complex problems and bringing people together for the common good. When Jim sees a void, he creates a solution. “We’re small, just 14 people, but I like being a SWAT team. Our team is awesome. It’s the right mix of programmers, designers, project managers and support people. We go in, work on a project and when we’re done, we get out,” Jim explains.

“What would I tell any business that was thinking about moving to Southern Oregon?” “Well, I’d say, do it. Go as fast as you can. Hurry up,” Jim muses. “There are organizations here that are set to help you. They’re here to welcome you with open arms to help you thrive.

“What would I say? I would say welcome to Southern Oregon. We’re ready for you. We are developing a wonderfully supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem with Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI), the Jefferson GrapevineSustainable Valley Technology Group Business AcceleratorSmall Business Development Centers (SBDC), and Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network, among others.”

Project A
5350 Hwy. 66
Ashland, OR 97520
541) 488-1701

PRINT VERSION: Brilliant People: Project A

Written by: Chris Cook
Photo Credit: Jim Craven Photography

“My Education Story” Medford School District

I was invited to share my education story to teachers, students and administrators of the Medford School District during an inservice day where they met to redesign the future of education.

It’s a crazy story about not fitting in at school and yet somehow finding a way to make a difference in the world.

The segment below is a piece of the whole conversation called “It’s supposed to be hard” – I like it because it’s short and fun and shows off my speaking style.

Here is the full video. It’s long but has many short stories.


Jim Teece to Share Top 15 Tips at SOREDI’s December LAUNCH|Talk

November 22, 2017 by SOREDI

Thursday, December 14, 2017, beginning at 5:30 pm, SOREDI will offer a LAUNCH|Talk for area start-ups at Climate City Brewery in Grants Pass. The program will feature serial entrepreneur, Jim Teece, founder of Project A, Ashland Home Net, Rogue Broadband and Umpqua Broadband. Food and beverage will be provided at the event. Beer and wine […]

I was invited to speak to fellow entrepreneurs about what it was like to start and grow a business in Southern Oregon. It was supposed to only be 15 tips but in typical Teece fashion I over did it.