James Gibbs was born in Long Island, NY, in 1977, just a stone’s throw away from the quaint beaches. Growing up, he had a profound interest in the sciences and participated in lab experiments with peas and corn seeds at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, where his parents Pamela and James worked, as a secretary and painter, respectively. When he was not creating experiments with peas and corn seeds in the lab, he played with his siblings and enjoyed Popping (a funk-style street dance).
After graduating from William Floyd High School in 1995, James continued his education at Carnegie Mellon University in artificial intelligence. Professionally, he has worked with many retail industry leaders to develop software and create tech-savvy business solutions to boost retail sales and translate a website in 13 different languages.
James’ achievements are further highlighted when he was the recipient of $10,000 for a start-up from Rackspace’s NoSQL Mobile App Challenge. He is also an alumnus of Y Combinator Winter 2016, a prestigious incubator program for start-up businesses.
In 2014, presented with a friend’s dilemma to pay for parking, he and long-time friend Dan Lopretto, cofounded Meter Feeder, Inc., a technology start-up providing a parking app for drivers and enforcement for parking officials. MeterFeeder’s services are available in 17 different places in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
James has a philosophy of “fix things that ruin your day,” hence he created the parking app that makes people’s lives a lot easier. He has a similar outlook in life advocating and instilling the principle that the world will be a better place if people keep taking chances and lead by example.
James Gibbs is a doting husband and dedicated father of four inquisitive boys. He and his wife, Lisa Gibbs, are expecting their fifth son any day now. Occasionally, James will show off his moves for Muay Thai, a traditional Thai combat sport which he practiced for six years.