Currently, he’s engaged with his startup Meeting Planner, which aims to simplify scheduling social and group meetings. He founded America Possible, which focuses on effective activism for an inspired future and he provided the technology for Black Women in Politics, a database of black women running for office.
Previously, Jeff helped lead the technology launch of MSN News and MSNBC.com as part of an eight year career at Microsoft. He left Microsoft to found GiftSpot, later acquired by GiftCertificates.com. He’s a three time grantee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He’s known in Seattle for his earlier not for profit coffeehouses and coverage of Microsoft’s hypocritical tax dodging and Amazon’s overwhelming impacts.
In 2009, he led the capture of missing writer Evan Ratliff in Wired magazine’s Vanish contest. He’s also been a regular contributor to Tuts+ Code. In 2012, he co-led Initiative 103 which sought to create a bill of rights for Seattle, including rights for nature and the endangered orcas. He’s a co-op investor and support of Fair Trade Equal Exchange.
He is an avid snowboarder, photographer and traveler. He has more than 600 hours of yoga teacher training and previously volunteered teaching teens in substance recovery with Street Yoga. He resides in the Pacific Northwest.