Jeff is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and technology leader. I enjoy the application of technology to bring big ideas into reality that positively impact people lives.
He previously co-founded BuildDirect.com and led the company through various iterations to over $120 million in revenue. He saw an opportunity to transition that company from a unique e-commerce company to a platform company where we used first party data to create AI and Machine learning to build a more efficient networked supply chain for both buyers and sellers. Through that journey, he gained an appreciation of the many difficulties and extraordinary opportunities involved in digital disruption.
He is an avid reader and insanely curious; reading over 50 books per year. This allows him to connect the dots on how accelerating technology and data will impact and change our future. I deeply care about each of our roles in making sure the transition to the future is a bright one.
He has been a YPO member since 2004, and an active mentor and advisor to numerous companies. He contributes time on the BC Tech Hypergrowth advisory board as well as being an G7 Fellow on the Creative Destruction Lab. (CDL west) He served on the Board of Coastal Contacts (a public company through their sale to Essilor for $435 million) and currently serves on the Boards of SPUD.ca, RTOWN and the Richmond Hospital Foundation as well as numerous advisory boards of start-ups.
Today, he is a recognized thought leader on entrepreneurship, values-based leadership, the future of e-commerce and how digital media is transforming the world. He has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, Inc.com, The Globe and Mail, BNN, Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal and am a regular contributor to Fast Company and Entrepreneur Magazine.