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JJ Watson

Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Co-founder and CEO, Watson Action Labs, LLC and Principal, Watson Investment Management Company, LLC. USMMA grad.

Co-founder and CEO, Watson Action Labs, LLC and Principal, Watson Investment Management Company, LLC. USMMA grad.

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Involved In

Founder

Brooklyn Entrepreneurs Association
Watson Action Labs

Advisor

Paqui Tequila
Founders Bloc

Positions

Founder Brooklyn Entrepreneurs Association 2015 - present
Co-founder and CEO Watson Action Labs July 2013 - present
Principal Watson Investment Management Company, LLC March 2013 - present
Lieutenant US Navy July 2009 - present
Chief Evangelist and Director, Business Development Founders Bloc 2015 - 2016
Marine Engineer New York City Department of Transportation 2009 - 2013
Associate Mosaic Research Management, LLC 2011 - 2012
Analyst East Rock Advisors, LLC 2009 - 2010
Engineering Cadet Officer Maersk Line, Höegh Autoliners, Crowley Maritime, US Department of Transportation 2006 - 2008

Education

United States Merchant Marine Academy Marine Engineering
New York University Investment Banking, Private Equity and Venture Capital, Strategic Alliances

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Sales
  • • Marketing
  • • Fundraising
  • • Operations
  • • Community
  • • Growth hacking
  • • Sales Strategy
  • • M&a
  • • Digital advertising
  • • Go to market strategy
  • • Business Development
  • • Digital Strategy
  • • IT Infrastructure
  • • Product Development
  • • Product Engineering
  • • Sales Execution
  • • Startup Law
  • • Strategic Partnerships
  • • Strategy
Markets of Interest
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Hardware
  • • Media
  • • Photos
  • • Sports
  • • Travel
  • • Video
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Content

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Simon Mills
We worked together  •  Previously CEO, Distributed Real Estate. Previously Founder, Media MIlls.
Execution is everything in the startup business and JJ can execute. Great ideas, real execution.
Benji Decker
We worked together  •  Entrepreneur. Web developer. General trouble maker. Building Founders Bloc, a new type of network designed to help support developing busin
JJ is a master do-er. Combining engineering acumen with incredible entrepreneurial salesmanship, he has vision and pursues it tenaciously. ... With Watson Labs, JJ has overseen a product and company development process from start to finish entirely on his own. He's navigated the complex channels of industrial production processes to create an amazing product and start getting it out to the world. JJ has been a close friend and advisor for some years, and I feel he would be an amazing asset to anyone in the startup community.
Benji Decker
We worked together  •  Entrepreneur. Web developer. General trouble maker. Building Founders Bloc, a new type of network designed to help support developing busin
JJ is a master do-er. Combining engineering acumen with incredible entrepreneurial salesmanship, he has vision and pursues it tenaciously. ... With Watson Labs, JJ has overseen a product and company development process from start to finish entirely on his own. He's navigated the complex channels of industrial production processes to create an amazing product and start getting it out to the world. JJ has been a close friend and advisor for some years, and I feel he would be an amazing asset to anyone in the startup community.
Benji Decker
We worked together  •  Entrepreneur. Web developer. General trouble maker. Building Founders Bloc, a new type of network designed to help support developing busin
JJ is a master do-er. Combining engineering acumen with incredible entrepreneurial salesmanship, he has vision and pursues it tenaciously. ... With Watson Labs, JJ has overseen a product and company development process from start to finish entirely on his own. He's navigated the complex channels of industrial production processes to create an amazing product and start getting it out to the world. JJ has been a close friend and advisor for some years, and I feel he would be an amazing asset to anyone in the startup community.
John Chappell
They're my advisor: Paqui Tequila  •  Owner, Tequila holdings. Previously VP Marketing, Banfi Vintners. Kellogg grad.
Curiousity, intelligence and a great personality. He's also open-minded and a good listener.
Nicolai Strøm
They're my friends  •  Revenue Manager, The Online Backup Company AS. Previously International Business Manager, The Online Backup Company AS.
He see's things early and clearly. Is able to understand where the opportunities lie and how to go about leveraging competitive advantages. ... Has the discipline, patience, network and set of skills to build lasting value. All the while positively affecting those around him.

Benji Decker
They're my advisor  •  Entrepreneur. Web developer. General trouble maker. Building Founders Bloc, a new type of network designed to help support developing busin
Benji has been instrumental in providing expert advice, especially during the early stages of my new consumer products company. Benji guide ... d me through the weeds, offering valuable direction on navigating the entire start-up ecosystem; from formation and fundraising docs, to employee contracts, lawyers, accounting and service vendor referrals. Benji has been an incredible personal mentor over the years. Since we first met, he has been committed to connecting people together-- whether socially or professionally. He taught me how to build a super lean and efficient team by partnering with the best service providers as extensions of our core team. Benji has helped my company understand the complex issues of building a product company, but more importantly, he's helped materially in analyzing and guiding us in preparing our digital strategy. Benji is someone I couldn't imagine not being on my team and it would be a tremendous deficit to lose such a strong advisor.

Brandon Perdue
They're my school  •  3 A/E, Transocean. Previously Marine Engineer, Military Sealift Command.
I've know Brandon since the first day of indoctrination of our Plebe year at the US Merchant Marine Academy and he is potentially the most n ... aturally intelligent person I have ever been in contact with. The type that doesn't need to study to get an A on the toughest engineering exams. Brandon possesses an inner drive and curiosity that many of our great leaders have displayed. He gets an idea, then immediately executes on the concept in order to start the refinement and iteration process. Brandon has a strong engineering and quantitative accumen, paired with the soft skills necessary to organize and manage team projects from start to finish. He also has deep experience with personal investments in private equity and real estate which shows his fearlessness toward creating value with his own capital.