Jared is the Co-Founder of GroupMe, a group messaging service that lets you stay in touch with groups of people via mobile phones and the web. In August 2011, GroupMe was acquired by Skype, which was subsequently acquired by Microsoft in October 2011. Previously, Jared led Business Development at Tumblr where he focused on international expansion and strategic partnerships. Before Tumblr, Jared received his BA in Political Science from Columbia University in 2009 where he served as the Publisher and Managing Director of Inside New York. During college Jared also ran Mixed Bag Productions, a music marketing and production company that worked with nationally touring acts and festivals.
In his free time Jared serves as a mentor to Techstars, as well as an investor and advisor to various NYC startups. Jared is a national chess champion who enjoys all racquet sports and anything involving the outdoors. Originally a native of San Francisco, Jared now resides in New York City with his wife, Carrie.