- M.S., Product Design, Stanford University
- B.S., Engineering Design, University of Colorado, Boulder
Jim Sacherman earned a master's in product design at Stanford and a bachelor's in engineering design and economic evaluation at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds more than a dozen patents, for both utility and design, and has received national and international design awards.
Sacherman spent much of his career in Silicon Valley. After working as an industrial designer and engineer in consultancies that eventually became part of IDEO, Sacherman founded Palo Alto Products International in 1983. Initial revenues were boosted by a new business model that Sacherman created: providing design services in exchange for equity or royalties.
Palo Alto Products International created the first Palm Pilot handheld computer under this model. Over time services were expanded into manufacturing of mechanical parts and assemblies, and by 2000 the company had four factories with more than $100 million in annual revenues. Major customers included Micron Semiconductor, Dell Computer, Hewlett Packard, Wyse Technology, Palm Computing and numerous others.
The company was sold in 2001 to Flextronics, Inc., a world leader in contract manufacturing, and Sacherman stayed on with Flextronics as chief marketing officer and a member of the CEO's executive team until 2004. While at Flextronics, Sacherman negotiated, sold and managed the design of the first Xbox game machine for Microsoft, a contract with projected revenues in excess of $1 billion.
Sacherman's most recent business ventures were the Minden Grill Company and Hercke Garage Cabinets, both based in Minden, Nevada.