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Jerry Michalski

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Fostering Design from Trust, champion of the Relationship Economy. Founder, REX; Affiliate, Institute for the Future. Wharton & UCI grad.

Fostering Design from Trust, champion of the Relationship Economy. Founder, REX; Affiliate, Institute for the Future. Wharton & UCI grad.

28 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Marketing
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Marketing

Involved In


The REXpedition


Scient (Acquired by Aquantive)
eGroups (Acquired by Yahoo)
Pyra Labs

Side Projects

My online Brain


Founder The REXpedition October 2010 - present
Research Affiliate Institute for the Future 2004 - present
President and founder Sociate May 1998 - present
Managing Editor, Release 1.0 EDventure Holdings (Release 1.0) October 1992 - May 1998
VP, Research Director New Science Associates December 1987 - October 1992
Transportation Analyst Mobil Oil August 1980 - August 1983


University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School International Business 1983 - 1985
University of California, Irvine Economics 1976 - 1980

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Education
  • • Financial Services
  • • Healthcare
  • • Local
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Wellness

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Social enterprise • Connector • collective intelligence • Strategy Development • futurist

Key Accomplishments

Spent a dozen years as a tech industry analyst, the latter half writing Esther Dyson's newsletter Release 1.0 and co-hosting her conference, the PC Forum. Helped spot the Internet as huge, define its usefulness and markets. Now brewing a humanist version of capitalism.

I also publish my Brain online and as an app. The online version is at, and is free; the app, Jerry's Brain, costs a buck. This memory map contains everything I've cared to remember for the last 18 years, including all the startups and funders I've seen.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Have many ideas, would love to find someone who resonates with those ideas and would like to see them exist in the world.

As an Advisor

I help startups see value they haven't seen yet and find business opportunities that often transcend their current scope of operations. I broaden the context. My network is also extensive, so I make strategic introductions, whether for pilot clients, potential key hires, funders or partnerships.

Vouches Received

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Jonathan Lewis
We worked together  •  Adjunct Professor, Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship and Instructor/Founder, Social Entrepreneurship Clinic.
He is a natural visionary with deep desire to drive to completion.
Lisa Gansky
We worked together  •  Investor, Director, Solar Mosaic and entrepreneur. author. speaker. instigator - founder mesh labs, Mesh Labs.
I think of strong entrepreneurs as grounded dreamers. People who are both helium (vision) and velcro (feet on earth). In addition, great ent ... repreneurs need to build teams, on board investors, customers and partners and be relentlessly resourceful. I have known Jerry for more than 15 years and he is all of things. He is able to reflect deeply, build a plan and move into action while being attentive to the world around him. He also thrives in community and for years has built his own. Frankly, I was surprised and delighted to hear that he was keen to join Founder Dating. I'm sure that he will contribute to your growing network as much as he gains. I'm happy to say more if needed. He's a gem of a person and essentially unstoppable!
Mark Dowds
They're my school  •  EVP Business Development, Trov, Inc.. Previously Advisor, Chaordix.
Jerry has a brilliant mind, follows the trends of the day and is one of the most connected people I know
Keith Teare
Founder & CEO, Inc. and Founder, Archimedes Labs.
He is one of the smartest tech savvy people alive
Mark Bonchek
We worked together  •  Founder and CEO, SHIFT Academy and Founder and Chief Catalyst, thinkORBIT. Harvard grad. Princeton grad.
Jerry has a remarkable ability to see what people will think is important before they even realize it. He's brilliant at bringing people to ... gether around a shared purpose. And he has zen-like ability to remain calm under pressure.
Scott Rafer
We worked together  •  Director, Boostable and Director, ShopPad. University of Pennsylvania grad.
Few others look as far ahead but know how to start now.
Rich Miller
They're my friends  •  Advisor, Metafor Software and Advisor, Scientific Revenue. Stanford grad. Stanford grad.
He is both highly imaginative and capable of eliciting great energy from others through the ignition of their own imaginations. Once focused ... on a concept and using it as the target, he is relentless.
Esther Dyson
We worked together  •  chairman, HICCup and Investor, Square. Harvard grad.
Jerry is an idealist with a practical side. He wrote Release 1.0 (newsletter) for my company for a while, and was early on some big ideas a ... round community and social systems.
Soulaima Gourani
They're my friends  •  Mentor, Mara Group and member of the board, Brandts Klædefabrik. Stanford grad.
Besides Above, Jerry is brave, bold and everyone likes him. He is someone you always will buy from or work for. He always thinks purpose bef ... ore profit. He is that kind of person that inspire others to Think Bigger. He is a Master within branding, networking.
John Perry Barlow
We worked together  •  Executive Vice President, Algae Systems, LLC and Advisor, TTIVanguard.
Because he has a profound understanding of what moves in people's hearts to form community.
Lara Setrakian
They're my friends  •  Founder, Executive Editor, News Deeply. Previously Correspondent, Bloomberg Television & ABC News. Harvard grad.
Jerry is an astute thinker, a fantastic idea generator, and a vibrant creator of solutions. He has a great disposition and a powerful set of ... collaborative working skills. All in all, he is tremendous team asset. His co-founders and investors will quickly realize they are lucky to have him on board.
Mary Kopczynski
They're my friends  •  CEO & Founder, Regulatory Change Management Firm, Eight of Nine Consulting. Previously Advisory Board Member, Glamour Gals Advisory Board.
I've been scenarios watching him advise other entrepreneurs and he just "gets it." There needs to be a monetization strategy, which is all t ... he more fascinating since Jerry is a pioneer in the area of alternative monetization strategies.
Silje Vallestad
They're my friends  •  Founder & Chief Safety Officer, bSafe Inc and YGL 2013, Young Global Leaders.
Jerry is simply fabulous. Very few people are better connected and more driven than him!
Sabrina Horn
We worked together  •  Founder, President and CEO, HORN. A Digital Communications Group. Previously Director, Blanc & Otus. Boston grad.
Jerry is empathetic and really understands the mindset of the entrepreneur. He is extremely motivated and intelligent. He understand busines ... s and the human condition. He is a fabulous mentor and friend.
Dave Gray
They're my friends  •  Founder and CEO, Liminl and Board Member, Rosenfeld Media.
Jerry is a socially-conscious entrepreneur with big ideas about changing the world.
Don Tapscott
They're my friends  •  Chancellor, Trent University and Executive Director, Global Solution Networks. University of Alberta grad. University of Toronto grad.
Jerry has been a thinking partner of mine over the years. He has big ideas while at the same time is highly intuitive to the needs of his li ... steners.
Robbie Vitrano
We worked together  •  board of directors, DinnerLab and board of directors, Interaction Associates.
Jerry offers incredible clarity around modes of problem solving and productive applications of the sharing economy.
David Nordfors
We worked together  •  Co-founder CEO of IIIJ and the i4j Summit. Advisor & Guest prof. Formerly: Executive Director of a Stanford Center.
Jerry can build a network of leaders around a new idea and make a business out of it.
Justin Bayer
They're my friends  •  Founder and CEO,
Every conversation and interaction with Jerry, in person or online, is bound to be full of knowledge, optimism, and passion. Spending time w ... ith Jerry has not only made me a better entrepreneur but a better human being. His mind works in beautiful ways, balancing his intelligence and drive with an empathy and ability to connect/share value with others in meaningful ways. I enthusiastically vouch for Jerry Michalski.
Sam Hahn
They're my friends  •  Partner, Program For The Future and VP Engineering, eGain. Stanford grad. Stanford grad.
Jerry has, and can, pull together teams that represent a cross-section of crucial skillsets that can be matched with nearly any situation re ... quired. Jerry is a diligent analyst and expert of technology, markets, trends, and innovations, so is able to apply that towards assessing opportunities and identifying key product fit. I would be happy and enthusiastic to add my skillset, expertise, and perspectives to any venture that Jerry initiates.
Evonne Heyning
They're my friends  •  5X CoFounder. Insight & Vision => Action Advisor, Media, Strategist/Catalyst/Facilitator. Board Chair, Executive Producer, GrowGames
Deeply connected to creating a better world with others
JD Lasica
They're my friends  •  Co-founder of Cruiseable, where we're bringing disruptive innovation to cruises. Business strategist. More:
Jerry has been one of the Bay Area's leading innovators, thinkers and conveners over the past decade. If you have the chance to work with th ... is man, grab it.
Topher Wilkins
We worked together  •  Founder, and CEO, Opportunity Collaboration.
Jerry has the unique ability to see a few decades in the future and bring that vision back to present-day with concrete suggestions on how t ... o start actualizing the vision.
Rick Smolan
They're my friends  •  CEO, Against All Odds Productions. Previously Co-CEO, 24/7 Media.
Jerry gets things done - gathers like minded people (and those very different) and get them all marching in the same direction.
Paul Allen
They're my friends  •  Entepreneur-in-Residence / Strengths Evangelist, Gallup. Previously Board Member, More Good Foundation. Brigham Young grad.
There are many different types of entrepreneurs. Jerry is one of the knowing kind. He is one of the most omniscient people I know--he learns ... and tracks everything--and would therefore be very strong in strategic thinking, business partnering, and competitive intelligence. Plus, I really like his ethics and values.
Eugene Lee
They're my friends  •  Entrepreneur in Residence, Artiman Ventures.
Jerry is one of the most synergistic thinkers I know - and he is a networker's hub. He is authentically empathetic while being razor sharp ... analytically.
David Hofstatter
Chairman, AutoVitals. Previously Founder, President/CEO, CallWave. University of California, Santa Barbara grad.
Clark Quinn
Executive Director, Quinnovation, and Principal, Internet Time Alliance.
Jerry has such a great presence, which helps him have great connections and a very thoughtful approach.

Jesse Engle
We worked together  •  Founder, Roster. Previously co-founded CoTweet (acquired by ExactTarget). Marketing and customer development. Angel investor. Wharton.
I've known Jesse a long time, through many initiatives and organizations. He is top of the charts for principled, thoughtful, smart, thoroug ... h and great to work with. Whatever he gets involved in will do well and be fun in the doing. Jesse is fantastic.