Every five minutes or so in an interview, Jon Myers will get an excited look in his eyes, leave his couch, walk to a computer and introduce one of his many ongoing projects. Most of them lie at a nexus of social media, internet functionality and marketing few have visited. Myers talked more about sharing his big ideas with the world.
Every five minutes or so in an interview, Jon Myers will get an excited look in his eyes, leave his couch, walk to a computer and introduce one of his many ongoing projects. Most of them lie at a nexus of social media, internet functionality and marketing few have visited. Myers talked more about sharing his big ideas with the world.•••
The best advice I ever received is don't talk, walk. That was our philosophy growing up.
My mother was an entrepreneur, though not by choice. She was a single mom with two children, so she didn't have a lot of options. We had pizza shops. She made these carnival machines. She was also a real-estate agent. I think that's where I get that hustle from.
I went to school at Ohio State in the '90s. After undergrad, I kind of bolted. I lived in Taipei and mainland China. I traveled in Ecuador. I lived for about a year in India. I've traveled all over.
Something people might not know about me is that I speak Mandarin Chinese. I'm really into music, sound and tonality. I think Mandarin - the flow of the language - is kind of my thing. I love it.
My mother got cancer in August 2004. I was living in New York City and came back here to take care of her. I thought I was going to go back. I ended up dating some people, starting a business, raising some venture capital here. I haven't made it back yet.
Right now, my primary company is called JUFTi. We make games for the iPhone, Facebook and online. We started out with Cornhole All-Stars. We have another app that we're putting together. It's going to be a fish toss, like at the Seattle market.
Cornhole All-Stars was the first iPhone app to be censored by a government. It's because of the word "cornhole." It's a verb in Canada. I never got to the bottom of it, but I can take a wild stab at what it means.
I'm a massive consumer of web content. I've had a real passion for social technologies for a long time. I'm really passionate about the idea of serendipity. To me, that's where innovation happens - through these serendipitous connections where people get together, ideas get together that normally wouldn't.
In spare time, I read a lot. I like music, vinyl. My girlfriend and I travel quite a bit. I like food, wine, Scotch, bourbon.
My buddy and I recently started this thing called Scotch & Steak. Every Thursday night we get together for Scotch and steak at a different place. I can't help but try to monetize or turn anything I do into something. I do a lot of stuff where I take experiences I've had and turn them into products.
I probably own 300 or 400 domain names.
Three things I can't live without are coffee, my girlfriend Suzi and our dog Tchotke.
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