Jay graduated from USC in 2009 with a BS in Business Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California focused on technical entrepreneurship and marketing. He has been involved in a number of industries from consumer tech, to ecommerce, adtech, and video marketing, with a consistent role in a Technical Product Manager / Product marketing capacity. He’s consulted with and launched a number of startups in his 6 year career developing a deep understanding of user first product experiences and approaching business from their customer’s perspective and in order to understanding how and why they interact with a product in order to continually develop and improve that user’s experience. The ability to speak both “Business” and “Tech” help him to bridge the communication gaps between teams and help clearly articulate a companies business goals as a technical product.
A keen eye for marketing crossed with a love of technology and focus on identifying product needs has evolved into a deep understanding of what it means to build products. The companies he’s consulted with recognize a value add in helping to identify, validate, and iterate on product market fit leading the development of features within products that can help optimize sales processes, scale user bases, and increase engagement. Having an entrepreneurial background has helped work well with companies expanding into new product segments that need a well-rounded team member that can think critically about a new market, identify key players, research and define potential entry points, and ultimately create a product roadmap for a build.
Currently, Jay is working with the Blackstone Launchpad @ USC as a Product Venture Consultant & leading the development of the IncubateUSC Website uniting the USC startup ecosystem. In his spare time, he’s an amateur chef and food lover hosting pop up dinners (@OnASundayKitchen) and catering private events.