"I've spent most of my life developing programs and founding ventures to help people surpass their self-imposed limits and realize their ultimate potential. It's a tremendous pleasure to read a book written for parents that will help them establish a mindset of problem-solving, empathy, and limitless potential in their children. Jim has nailed it. He weaves together his entrepreneurial background--including creating the LeapFrog LeapPad, one of the most successful educational products in history--and family experiences into a compelling book of stories, science, and parenting tips that are funny, poignant, and insightful. How to Raise a Founder With Heart is a must-read."
--Tony Robbins, entrepreneur, philanthropist, bestselling author, and life and business strategist
"This is a fascinating book. It will be very useful to its immediate audience--parents who want to help their children develop the healthiest intellectual, emotional, and moral habits for life--and it's also full of valuable insights and tips for a wide range of readers. I'm very glad that Jim Marggraff has shared the lessons of his business and family experiences."
--James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and author of Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America
"Among the scores of entrepreneurs I met in 20 years of reporting on Silicon Valley for the New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, and other publications, Jim Marggraff always stood out. A serial inventor who created megahits like LeapFrog's LeapPad, a "talking" book that taught millions of children how to read, he always showed a knack for tackling real-world problems with ingenuity and a sense of purpose. In How to Raise a Founder With Heart, Jim has turned the lessons he learned along the way into a practical parenting guide focused on nurturing a child's problem-solving abilities. It's a timely book filled with actionable advice for parents who want to foster in their children the mindset of a "founder"--someone with the initiative and courage to tackle any problem, zero in on its essence, and solve it with a eye toward making a positive contribution. How to Raise a Founder With Heart is filled with stories from Jim's life as an entrepreneur and from his and his wife's, MJ, journey raising their children, Blake and Annie, that make it a delightful read."
--Miguel Helft, former San Francisco bureau chief and technology editor at Forbes
"I've been a business leader (but not a founder) at several successful children-oriented companies and had the pleasure of working closely with Jim as an entrepreneurial founder at LeapFrog. I always admired Jim for his brilliance and creativity, as well as for how he and his wife, MJ, raised their amazing children. How to Raise a Founder With Heart is a great guide for raising wonderful children. It's a must-read for all parents and grandparents, but it's also extremely helpful to those engaged in business and anyone who is curious about improving their own lives and the lives of others. I highly recommend you give it a read."
--Tom Kalinske, former CEO of Matchbox, Sega, and Mattel, and former CEO and chairman of LeapFrog
"Overall, I think this book will appeal to many parents because of its insights, ideas, and encouragement to parents that they, too, can turn their kids into productive leaders and founders. The chapter on empathy is my favorite of all the chapters. Getting your kids to put themselves in someone else's shoes is a life-changer, when it works!"
--Randy Haykin, entrepreneur, angel investor, venture capitalist, and author
Jim Marggraff is a serial entrepreneur who is dedicated to developing innovative technologies that improve learning and productivity. He is the founder and CEO of Eyefluence, a company that transforms intent into action by leveraging eye biomechanics and the eye-brain connection to create an eye-interaction technology solution for head-mounted displays. Eyefluence was recently acquired by Google. Jim has founded or co-founded several successful companies, including Livescribe, Explore Technologies, and StrataCom. He invented the LeapFrog LeapPad Learning System, leading to sales of more than $1 billion worldwide, and the Livescribe smartpen, both of which help students and adults around the world. Jim holds at least 36 pending and accepted patents, and he is listed as one of MIT's top 150 inventors.
Jim and his wife, MJ, live in California, and they are the parents of two founders in their own right, Blake and Annie.