Ean H. Jackson is the President of Analytics Marketing Inc., a strategic consultancy and a provider of business development and fund-raising services for growing businesses. He also serves on the faculties of Simon Fraser University, University of Phoenix and the University of British Columbia where he teaches in the MBA programs. He speaks frequently on business and technology issues and serves on the boards of numerous industry and not for profit organizations. As a mentor for New Ventures BC, he coaches entrepreneurs and startup companies. He is an active angel investor in the social software and Web 2.0 area. His educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Arts from the University of Western Ontario, a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and a certificate in Internet Marketing from the University of British Columbia. Live with his family in North Vancouver BC.
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Yaron Bazaz: Hi Ean, How you find yourself involved with early stage ventures?
Ean H. Jackson: “Before having children, my wife and I decided we would take a year off to travel in Asia and Europe. In the months before our departure, a friend asked for some help with sales for his 2-person ISP (Internet Service Provider) in exchange for shares. I gladly complied, then left on our trip and forgot about the shares. More than a year later when I returned home, the company went public. When I read about it in the business pages, I casually remarked to my wife that we made more money traveling than working during the entire year before we left. She pointed out I’d forgotten a zero. Becoming a paper millionaire was positive reinforcement for my first startup experience, but after having participated in about 20 more since, I have to say that I truly love the excitement of the early stage business.”
Y.B: One of your areas of expertise is Web 2.0. How do you feel these technologies will impact the way we market products and services?
Ean H. Jackson: “I’ve been passionate about the software and telecommunications space for over 20 years. Over the years, I’ve participated in several waves of technology innovation that have led to the creation of the Internet as we see it today. (E.g. network infrastructure, commercial ISPs, website development, online marketing.) The current wave, now widely called Web 2.0, looks at the Internet as being a utility that can be accessed through a browser, anywhere, anytime by just about anyone. I’m very excited about how social networking software is making it possible for people from around the world to share and collaborate. I believe there are tremendous opportunities for investors who place their bets carefully in the Web 2.0 space.”
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