Jeff’s currently a technology consultant and freelance writer with a wide variety of nonprofit and corporate leadership experience. Back in 1996, Jeff helped lead the technology launch of MSNBC.com as part of an eight year career at Microsoft. In 1999, he left Microsoft to found GiftSpot, which was acquired by GiftCertificates.com. He’s also a three time grantee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In 2004, Jeff wrote three cover stories for Seattle Weekly about Microsoft’s technology, its corporate practices and about his own socially responsible investing. In 2009, he led the capture of missing writer Evan Ratliff in Wired magazine’s Vanish contest. This past year, he’s been writing technology tutorials for Tuts+ Code and working on various web-based applications such as SimplifyEmail and Birdhouse for Twitter. He is an avid snowboarder, photographer and traveler. He has more than 600 hours of yoga teacher training and volunteers teaching teens in substance recovery. He resides in the Pacific Northwest. Check out his resume.
Here’s a chronological history of projects he’s been involved in:
In 2013, Jeff’s been consulting, writing and working on several startup projects such as Geogram, a free email service for place-based groups. He’s been working a lot with Mailgun and its services (here and here) and the Yii Framework for PHP. He’s also completing an advanced Yoga teacher training with Pacific Yoga and continuing to teach teen boys in substance recovery with Street Yoga.
In 2012, Jeff managed the signature drive for Seattle’s Initiative 103, an effort to limit corporate rights. He also completed the basic and advanced leadership training with Seane Corn’s Off the Mat Into the World and became a volunteer at Street Yoga teaching to teen boys in substance recovery.
In 2011, Jeff received a third grant from the Knight Foundation for NewsCloud’s open source Facebook software. He also successfully completed the 200 hour Yoga Works teacher training.
In 2009, Jeff received a second grant from the Knight Foundation to expand NewsCloud’s work with journalism organizations. He also helped lead the capture of Wired’s missing writer, Evan Ratliff.
In 2008, Jeff received a $250,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to research the engagement of young people in news using social networks. Using this grant, Jeff launched Facebook applications Hot Dish and MnDaily.
In 2005, Jeff launched CommonBits and CommonTimes which later merged in to the progressive news network NewsCloud.
In 2004, Jeff wrote three features for the Seattle Weekly about Microsoft’s technology, its corporate practices and about his own socially responsible investing.
In 2001, Jeff founded ActionStudio.org and began building Web-based services for nonprofits. ActionStudio received funding from The Omidyar Foundation and was later acquired by Groundspring (now Network for Good).
In 1999, Jeff left Microsoft, raising $2 million in venture capital to found GiftSpot.com, an electronic gift certificate company, later acquired by GiftCertificates.com.
In 1997, Jeff founded Habitat Espresso and the Four Angels Café, operating them as community-centered businesses that donated their profits to regional charities. Jeff’s efforts were featured on NBC Nightly News, The Lehrer News Hour, Good Morning America and in Seattle media.
In 1991, Jeff joined Microsoft as a Group Program Manager where he helped launch MSNBC.com.