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Jesse Merl

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

President/Gatsby TV, Gatsby Entertainment.

President/Gatsby TV, Gatsby Entertainment.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Operations
  • Product
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Operations
  • • Product

Involved In

Founder

Grow Dog

Positions

President/Gatsby TV Gatsby Entertainment April 2016 - present
Leadership Evangelist LifeFlip Media June 2016 - present
President/Digital Gaming Latitude 360 July 2015 - February 2016
Chief Executive Officer Major League Fantasy, Inc. November 2012 - July 2015
Head of Digital Accredited Debt Relief April 2008 - September 2014
Co Founder/Investor Grow Dog September 2015 - present

Education

California State University-Chico Communications 1999 - 2004

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Growth
Markets of Interest
  • • Dating
  • • Events
  • • Games
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact
  • • Sports
  • • Video
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Content
  • • Movies/Film
  • • News
  • • TV

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Fundraising • Operations • Gaming • Leadership • Angel investing • Business Development • Deal Structure • Product Development • Startups • Fantasy sports

Key Accomplishments

I built and sold the most complex social gaming platform ever built. I also created and executive produced a reality show about my startup with the creators of Undercover Boss. Links to the show and lots of press relating to my projects and acquisition are below.
MLF Undercover Boss Special: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55r1nCl16VM&feature=youtu.be

MLF in Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/markjburns/2014/12/30/fantasy-sports-platform-major-league-fantasy-here-to-stay-in-2015/#44cc5a553730

MLF Acquisition: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/blog/morning-edition/2015/06/latitude-360-reveals-purchase-price-for-fantasy.html

MLF/Warriors Partnership: http://www.nba.com/warriors/warriors-add-major-league-fantasy-gold-alliance-partnership-ignite-farm

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I am a leader with experience in all aspects of building a company and software product. My skill set is incredibly diverse and so as a partner, I am as valuable as someone can be in an early stage project. In a partner, I look for someone who sets their ego aside and does the work. I am not big on talkers that have no follow through but I love big talkers who back it up with hard work like me. I am a perfect compliment to a founder or founders who are primarily tech experts and/or any founding team who has limited experience building a business. My specialties are sports, gaming and video content.

As an Advisor

I am a leader with experience in all aspects of building a company and software product. My skill set is incredibly diverse and so as a partner, I am as valuable as someone can be in an early stage project. I am a perfect compliment to a founder or founders who are primarily tech experts and/or any founding team who has limited experience building a business. My specialties are sports, gaming and video content.

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Christian Marshall
We worked together  •  Managing Director, Fidelity Business Advisors.
Jesse brings elevates the game of those around him.
Gabrielle Merl, MSTCM, LAc
We worked together  •  Licensed Acupuncturist, Gabrielle Merl, LAc.
Jesse is already an established and accomplished entrepreneur. His rare talents and creativity, along with his perseverance and determinati ... on, make him the ideal entrepreneur.
Jesse Payne
We worked together  •  Vice President, Golden State Events.
Jesse is the most charismatic person I've ever met much less worked for. He's seen a lot in his career and can communicate the things he's l ... earned more effectively than almost anyone I've ever met.
Gabriel Magaña Gonzalez
We worked together  •  CTO, Major League Fantasy, Inc. Previously senior engineer at Zynga and CTO of other start ups. UC Irvine Computer Science grad.
Jesse is a driven powerhouse. Jesse is one of those people around whom things happen because Jesse takes the reins and does whatever needs t ... o be done to achieve the goal. Besides being extremely driven and resourceful, Jesse is very smart. Jesse is a natural leader, but he puts his ego aside, and if his best contribution is as a subordinate, he will simply assume the role without thinking it twice. It was a pleasure working alongside Jesse and will gladly do so again.

Lindsay Stevens
Public Relations and Marketing Manager, muvee Technologies. University of Southern California grad.
Lindsay is a sharp cookie. She'll bring a lot of value to the community.