If you are new to the Silly Series, you have a lot of catching up to do! It’s a plethora of people profiles, where I ask the questions no-one cares about and get answers for which few are ready.
Today, it’s the turn of Jim Cain, a man not afraid to say he’s afraid of clowns.
Who is James Cain?
James Cain is a famous American writer, known for creating the romain noir genre of hardboiled crime novels.
Jim Cain is the President of Napkyn Inc., a 7-person managed analysis services business in Ottawa Canada.
Kidding aside, I am struggling with writing a bio – everyone else seems to have a really cool one. I have been in Digital Sales and Analysis since 2000, and for the last few years I have been building Napkyn Inc., home of the Analyst Program, some great analysts, and some amazing ‘virtual bosses’ in Retail, Publishing and business to business.
If you could only choose one for an 8-hour flight, would you choose 1) extra legroom, 2) free wireless connection or 3) back-to-back episodes of “The Real Housewives of Orange County”?
Wireless in a second. I’m not a big guy, so I can curl up fairly easy, but with nothing to read I get pretty snarky – access to internet means I never run out of things to read. No feedback on the Housewives show, I only watch hockey games and cooking shows so I haven’t seen that one yet.
Why is Napkyn called Napkyn? Why not call it Serviette? If you’re the president, does that mean I can run for election to your job?
Whoa – that should count as three questions…but I will play along.
Napkyn is called Napkyn because I came up with the idea to start a managed analysis services business at the pub. There was only one place to write down my ideas, and that’s what we ended up calling the company. If you look at our logo you can even make a good guess at the kind of beer I was drinking at the time…. A friend of mine calls the company Servi@, and even created a fake logo – I like Napkyn just fine.
As for the President thing, you’ve touched a sensitive nerve While I lead the charge at Napkyn around selling and delivering our suite of Analyst programs, I don’t fancy myself much of an executive. I also don’t think a company comprised of 7 people and a bulldog needs a Chief Officer. I ended up with President by default, and if you want to run for election you will win for sure – so run!