Jon has advised over 1,800 start-ups in his career as a banker, economic developer, and seed fund CEO. A recent resident of San Francisco, Jon launched an internal creative agency at Hearst Digital Media’s SFGate website (17 million uniques) and a tech boutique agency working with SanDisk and Samsung. He has worked in co-founder and executive roles for four venture-backed companies in the fields of financial services, online learning, advertising technology and cloud computing, and formerly owned a convention services/events business. A lifelong creative, Jon holds an MFA in creative writing from UNC Greensboro and is a published poet, short story writer and essayist. To pursue an interest in filmmaking, he’s currently launching a NC-based film production company that will create feature films, documentaries and commercial video projects.
Additionally, Jon is a business advisor to the Not for Sale Campaign’s social venture incubator and the Ignite Farm Fund, a $50M private equity fund focused on "The Future of Food." While in California, he ran strategic partnerships for SNT Media, a Big Data platform, connecting large national media companies with ad exchanges like OpenX, Rubicon Project and RocketFuel.
Jon served as CEO of the Piedmont Triad Entrepreneurial Network (PTEN)
and later as director of National Outreach for the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM). During his tenure in the Triad, he ran a regional venture forum, helped WFIRM create the regenerative medicine’s first industry alliance, and launched three NC-based conferences focused on regenerative medicine, nanotechnology and supply chains.
Jon is a "full-stack" marketer and content architect, linking business strategy to marketing technology and user acquisition in both B2B and B2C environments. As a writer and editor, he’s led and collaborated on numerous thought leadership projects (books, white papers, blogs) covering angel investing, corporate social responsibility, Cloud computing and Internet infrastructure.
He has been a guest lecturer on entrepreneurship and digital media at the University of San Francisco, UNC Greensboro and Winston-Salem State University.