This week’s Weekly Profile Wednesday originally ran as the “Tiger of the Week” article on February 21, 2018 at the Princeton Alumni Weekly website. PEC thanks PAW for allowing us to run it here.
Jim Cohen ‘86 and Mark Poag ‘93 Invest in Princeton Entrepreneurs
Though they didn’t meet until after graduating Princeton, Jim Cohen ’86 and Mark Poag ’93 seem as though they were destined to work together. Living in the Houston area, the two quickly became well acquainted through the local alumni network. “I was very involved in Princeton activities, and that’s how I met Jim, 20 years ago,” Poag said.
Cohen and Poag bonded over an enthusiasm for Princeton as well as an interest in finance and entrepreneurship. Both have had careers spanning the legal and financial world. Poag was a software entrepreneur who founded a company called Digicontract. He later served as head of product, marketing, and legal for DataCert, a legal-management software firm that bought Digicontract in 2001. Cohen worked as a financial analyst for Morgan Stanley, and then worked as an attorney before ultimately serving as the head of corporate development at a NYSE company.
“When that company sold, I sat down and thought what do I want to do next,” Cohen said. “I’d always had this idea of combining the vocational things that I do with the avocational things that I do—which is really Princeton stuff.”