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Jon Kiehnau

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Seattle Area, US

Cofounder, Struts & Springs Co. (maker of Former EIR at American Express, bus dev at Time Warner.

Cofounder, Struts & Springs Co. (maker of Former EIR at American Express, bus dev at Time Warner.

5 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Ad Sales
  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
I have an idea I'm commited to

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Ad Sales
  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing

Involved In


Struts & Springs Co.


Mindbloom, Inc.
Clothes Horse
The Brandery

Side Projects

Road Scholar


Founder Struts & Springs Co. September 2012 - present
Founder Meitimedia January 2002 - present
VP Strategy, Enterprise Growth American Express October 2008 - June 2011
VP General Manager, Content Marketing American Express October 2008 - July 2010
Chief Revenue Officer House Party Inc. January 2005 - December 2006
Global Development Director Fortune Live Media December 2003 - June 2005
President Emphasis Custom Media August 1998 - January 2002
Managing Director Time Inc. Strategic Marketing December 1995 - August 1998
Advertising Director (International) TIME Magazine December 1992 - December 1995
Advertising Sales Manager MONEY Magazine November 1989 - December 1992
Regional Sales Manager Working Woman/McCalls Group May 1987 - November 1989
Field Secretary Phi Gamma Delta June 1983 - June 1984


University of Wisconsin-Madison Economics 1982 - 1985
Homestead High School

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • Finance
  • • Digital marketing
  • • Strategy
  • • Technical Leadership
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Games
  • • Green
  • • Healthcare
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Payments
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • collaboration
  • • productivity
  • • geo-location
  • • artificial intelligence
  • • augmented reality

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

IPhone • Location based services • Mobile Games • Social commerce • Advertising sales

Key Accomplishments

I'm an early investor in social media, helping launch and build as the world's first “people-powered” brand-activation network. I founded Meitimedia in 2003 to provide strategic insights and give me a way to talk about "agile commerce" my own term for the way goods will be bought & sold in the future.

Recently I was EIR at American Express writing their innovation strategy and investment thesis for growth on digital platforms that add value to buyers and sellers using online, offline, social, mobile and geo location.

I'm a veteran of Time Warner, had tons of jobs including president of a division focused on monetizing content, business insights and customer behavior data (Web 1.0, yes I'm that old!)

Today I live in a loft in Belltown, training to summit Mt. Ranier and committed to build a 'black swan' that disrupts the way groceries are bought & sold -- which makes this a very exciting time in my life.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I've been solving business problems creatively for many years, leading teams in strategic capacities as well as line roles like advertising sales and business dev.

Over the years I've developed relationships with entrepreneurs and key decision-makers at companies in the US, Europe and Asia. I worked in private equity, corporate development, advertising, marketing and business development in Hong Kong, Singapore, and New York. (Great life, I know)

My value-add to a founding team is a unique combination of experience and curiosity that helps me solve problems and make connections of people and ideas.

As an Advisor

One of the greatest honors is advising founders and startup teams.

I bring diverse experience both as 3-time founder and as entrepreneur-in-residence for a Fortune 50 company where I worked with over 40 venture-funded startups. My business philosophy is simple (money is the dilithium crystal you seek) and my advice is affirming but frank (no sugar coating).

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Gene DeRose
CEO and Co-Founder, Skymarker Labs and Co-Founder ex-CEO, House Party, Inc. CEO Jupiter Research. University of Virginia grad.
brilliant thinker as well as a do-er. jon's articulate and a great listener. very well connected & has seen things from multiple sides, star ... tup, major brand, major publisher, financial services.
Vikram Venkatraman
They're my advisor  •  Author, Viktorious and Co-Founder, Clothes Horse. Columbia University in the City of New York grad.
He's a thoughtful guy with a lot of experience innovating at companies both small and gigantic. He's good at putting some distance between h ... im and the excitement, and is well-read and up to date, enabling him to offer candid foresight and best practices.
Gilad Berenstein
They're my advisor  •  CEO of Utrip with passion for travel and for combining the best of Human and Machine Intelligence. Advisor to several exciting startups.
He works hard, has a great background of experience, and know how to problem solve. Jon is a great entrepreneur, adviser, and executive.
Brent Poole
They're my investor  •  CEO, Mindbloom. Previously Director, Operations Management, North Carolina State grad.
Jon has the benefit of many years of being an investor, entrepreneur, large company venture experience. He's creative, motivated, a true en ... trepreneur and a great human being to boot!
David Beatty
Vice President, ProSeeder technologies, LLC and Managing Director, Golden Seeds.
Jon is one of those people that gets stuff done and everybody likes and trusts.

chen-I lim
We worked together
chen is a visionary developer and gifted business strategist

John Vogel
They're my advisor  •  CTO, GoTenacity, ReliableSDN. Previously VP of Development, Calico Energy. Stanford grad.
process-driven but not limited by linear thinking. john has great skill to listen and then provide original, impactful solutions.

Nathan Affolter
We worked together at Struts & Springs Co.
Nathan was hard-wired to be an entrepreneur with a natural curiosity in making order of the world around him. (Great quality for an enginee ... r, essential quality for an entrepreneur.)

Drew Patterson
CEO, Room 77 and Board Member, Columbia University in the City of New York grad. Harvard grad.
Drew is quick, detailed and connected. His ideas and advice are actionable and practical, but not short-sighted. He's a great advisor, I'd ... never hesitate bringing him into a project early or late -- he's got both perspective and experience he's not one to hold back or mince words.