Executive Producer who invests and co-finances film and TV projects. Prior to his work in film, Jon spent ten years in venture capital and tech. He is an author for Harper Collins Publishing and gave a popular 2014 TED Talk.
He is focused on creating new financial models in the entertainment industry. His last company, Audigent, provided artists like Camila Cabello, Eminem, Post Malone, Blake Shelton, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Shakira, Rihanna, Jay-Z, and other entertainers with new ways of understanding audience data. Audigent partners past and present, include Raised in Space, Warner Music, Broadscale, Spotify, Tidal, and Nielsen.
Prior to that he was best known for working in crisis-response and counter-intelligence in East Africa. While living in Uganda co-founded various organizations in Africa, including a network of tech innovation hubs that now reaches 90+ cities across the continent. He also founded Appfrica, a tech consultancy that serviced the continent and that went on to stimulate over $100M in economic activity by creating jobs and deploying capital. Was a former Director at Ushahidi, which is estimated to have reached more than 25 million people with its open source data platforms. His work in these areas was lauded by The White House in 2010, 2012, and 2013.
Alum of Savannah College of Art and Design and the THNK School of Creative Leadership and Innovation. Guest lecturer and presenter at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Lund University in Sweden, NYU, Rollins College, Wharton, Temple, Drexel, U Penn and more.