Hello, this James Gray

As a UC Berkeley-trained Data and AI Strategist, I partner with innovative companies as a fractional expert, helping them gain a competitive edge through advanced technology and leadership.

Previous roles include Chief Information Officer, Chief Product Officer, and Data Scientist & Leader at Microsoft for ten years.

At the prestigious Berkeley Haas School of Business, I teach data and AI strategy, guiding the next generation of business technology leaders.

I help students, tech professionals, and leaders upgrade their vision and internal OS to unlock their best selves and full potential.

James the Data & AI Strategist

I am a former CIO, CPO, and Data Executive who is a fractional technology leader to innovative companies seeking to accelerate business outcomes through data, artificial intelligence (AI), and people. 

I have built software products and technology platforms at startups and leading companies like Microsoft.  

James the Academic

I am a learning facilitator at my alma mater, the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, for two executive education courses: Data Strategy: Leveraging Data as a Competitive Advantage and Artificial Intelligence: Business Strategies and Applications.

James the Coach

I coach driven and courageous tech leaders, professionals, and university students who seek peak performance and growth in their true potential while doing work they love.

I also mentor Data Science graduate students at the UC Berkeley School of Information, where I earned a Master's in Information and Data Science.

My Purpose

To empower 100 million individuals globally to innovate to their full potential and guide leading businesses in leveraging data and AI technology so that they achieve a competitive edge.  🚀

Data and AI Strategy Consulting

As a trusted expert, I create business value from data and artificial intelligence, including data strategy, product strategy, use cases, roadmaps, technology supplier selection, organization design and restructuring, go-to-market, technology implementation, talent strategy, and more. 

I also provide contract executive leadership for organizations requiring short-term support.

For fractional data, AI, product management, and leadership development opportunities, please contact me on LinkedIn or 🤖 james@graydata.ai.

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I also publish solo podcasts and interview leading experts in fields related to my research and writing interests.

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1X Coaching Plan

$300 per month

This includes:

☑️  1 hour of live 1:1 coaching per month ($250 value)

☑️   Unlimited asynchronous coaching via email, text, Slack, and docs ($250+ value)

☑️  ...plus free coaching delivered to your inbox via the Graymatter newsletter

☑️  ...plus on-demand phone discussion when needed

2X Coaching Plan

$600 per month

This includes:

☑️  2 hours of live coaching per month ($500 value)

☑️  Unlimited asynchronous coaching via email, text, Slack, and docs ($250+ value)

☑️ ...plus self-paced learning access to the Inner Quest Course ($500+)

☑️  …plus access to my LinkedIn network of top leaders, recruiters, thought leaders

☑️  …plus free coaching in your inbox via the Graymatter Newsletter

☑️  …plus referrals to other experts for guidance, training, and development

☑️  ...plus warm introductions to people in my LinkedIn network

☑️  ...plus on-demand phone discussion when needed

4X Coaching Plan

$850 per month

This includes:

☑️  everything in the 2X Coaching Plan, plus

☑️. 4 hours (total) of live coaching per month ($1000)

Coaching products are offered as monthly subscriptions

Subscriptions include live, interactive video sessions and asynchronous coaching through email, text, Slack, and shared documents.

You can switch between products as your needs change. 

You can cancel anytime; there are no long-term commitments. 

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