Jeff Hoffman is a serial entrepreneur and internationally recognized innovator who has been a founder and CEO in a number of startups and high growth companies, including Priceline.com, uBid.com, and ColorJar. Jeff writes a regular column on innovation and entrepreneurship for Inc. Magazine, and works with the White House, the Executive Office of the President, the US State Department, and the US Department of Commerce to support business and economic growth initiatives all over the world.
Jeff serves on the international advisory boards of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Kauffman Foundation, the APEC Startup Initiative (21 member nations), JumpStart, and the US State Department’s GIST program (Global Innovation through Science and Technology), as well as private organizations including Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), Startup Weekend, Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO), and more. Jeff’s work has included building entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging nations on every continent.
Jeff also works with universities globally to support entrepreneurship, including serving as a mentor for the Stanford University Venture Lab, MIT’s Enterprise Forum, the University of Chicago’s New Venture Challenge, Kent State University’s LaunchPad, and many more.
Jeff recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization for his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship, was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the National CEO Council, and received the 2012 Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from Rising Tide Capital and JP Morgan Chase. Jeff has twice been honored as one of the 25 Most Influential Executives in Travel and Tourism Worldwide.
Outside of the world of technology, Jeff has served as the Chairman and CEO of Black Sky Entertainment, a production company he co-founded, producing movies such as the successful horror film Cabin Fever, and producing concert, tour, and charity events with such artists as Elton John, Britney Spears, NSYNC, and others. Jeff serves on the boards of numerous charitable foundations and nonprofits, and is an internationally recognized motivational speaker, having spoken at conferences and events in 2012 in South America, Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Jeff is also a featured business expert seen on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, ABC, and featured in publications including Forbes and The Wall Street Journal.