About Jon Myers
Jon Myers is a leading authority on design and startups. Combining a mix of psychology, economics and business strategy, Jon works with startups, governments, banks and Fortune 500 companies to leverage design and turn it into economic value. He is the co-founder of over 5 startups, including DOmedia, a venture investment backed company focused on the out of home advertising industry, which has grown to over 25 employees.
Over the last 20 years, Jon has consulted with some big companies and institutions you know, including Goldman Sachs, General Electric, Billboard Magazine, US government contractor Battelle, the government of Dubai, and many more.
He’s appeared on MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch show, National Public Radio, the BBC, and in the Wall Street Journal.
He was interviewed by Virgin.com on the startup scene in Ho Chi Minh City.
Awwwards, a website dedicated to showcasing the best website designs in the world, recently featured Jon’s design work.
Most importantly, Jon is dedicated to helping grow startups. Through speaking and mentoring, he teaches startup founders best practices and unconventional approaches to business, which has resulted in numerous success stories. He was a previous board member of the Ohio State University 10X program. A program that provides business students with funding for their business ideas. As a board member, he assisted with evaluating business ideas and decision making for awarding funding.
If you want to get on his good side, buy him a cat /\_/\
Jon is the founder of The Jon Myers Design Studio. A multi-disciplinary design company focused on creating beautiful, useful software interfaces that serve humans in meaningful ways.
Current companies Jon is an active shareholder, advisor and investor in:
CoinSimple — a Bitcoin startup funded by SeedCoin of Hong Kong, which is dedicated to making it simple to accept Bitcoin for payments.
SupportBee — this company is an elegant, easy to use hosted help desk software solution.
LoudCapital — he is an acting advisor to this early stage venture capital firm.
👊 Solid — his latest startup, a market place that connects Amazon Shoppers and brand minded Amazon Sellers. Shoppers will get better curation, and will be able to learn the story behind the brands and products they’re buying and can receive deals on products they’re already buying on Amazon. Sellers can get their brand and product stories out, get more data on their customers and deliver targeted, high-converting traffic to their Amazon product listings. Currently under development. Launches late fall 2017.
Astronaut Capital — the first publicly available asset management service which leverages the infrastructure and technological expertise of some of the industry’s leading blockchain analysts.
SelfKey — a Blockchain based digital identity system that allows individuals and companies to truly own, control and manage their digital identity, and instantly access Citizenship and Residency by Investment, Company Incorporation, Fintech Products, Token Sales, Exchanges and much more.
Coinfi — crowdsourced and professionally curated research, analysis, trading signals, trading algorithms, and market-moving news to give cryptocurrency traders the real-time market intelligence needed to gain an edge.
I’ve been at entrepreneurship and practicing design for over 20 years. I live and breathe design and design thinking. I have insane passion for solving complex problems.
I would call myself a holistic designer who is obsessed with commerce and the human experience.
I view the privilege of being a designer and business builder as sacred.
Solving pain, entertaining (or both) to the point where I can contribute to something useful that people pay attention to, invest their time in and gain value is how I view my role in the sacred act of commerce.
As entrepreneurs, as designers, as anyone with a serious dedication to craft and quality, we are simply servants to others.
I’ve chosen to base myself in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam for the last five years. This country has the fastest growing middle class in Southeast Asia. The people are overwhelming ambitious and kind. The entrepreneur expat community is off-the-charts and the weather is great.
Vietnam is in and of itself, a startup with little baggage attached to the Industrial Age narrative we’re currently closing the chapter on.
I love it here.
At heart, I’m just an old school skater dude that grew up on hardcore music, who graduated to electronic music, which is my current side-passion.
The values and ethics of those scenes have given me a unique calibration as a business person and mindful human being.
My list of personal interests run far and wide and my interests indirectly shape my mental model and practice of design.
I love science, network theories, technology’s transformational promises, food, wine, street photography, fashion, motorcycles, architecture, interior design, industrial design, hotel design, the wonders of human consciousness and cognition, surfing (I suck at it), boxing, basketball, martial arts, fitness, health, nootropics, psychedelics, data visualization, finance, economics, crypto-currencies, video-games, biology, cats, bad memes and I could go on.
A personal obsession of mine is jellyfish. Think biomimicry. The world around us is filled with nature’s designs and forms that when observed can lead to transformational thinking.
When we meet in person, I will fully explain.
Life’s too short to not be curious.
Stay curious, stay the course and be kind to each other.
You’ve got this.
If you’ve made it this far, I have a final thought to share.
Everything good that comes to me in life boils down to one thing:
The people I know.
By some act of the universe, I have a wife and life of amazing people around me. Why they put up with me, I don’t know.