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Jay Shapiro

Entrepreneur, Founder, Mobile Apps CEO, Marketing and Advertising

Jay Shapiro - Serial entrepreneur, Global Philanthropist, Angel Investor, Adventurer, Burner and all around nice guy.

Jay Shapiro's Bio:

--=>>> co-founder of "Top10 Internet Startup of the Year" @ TiE50 Awards <<<=--Jay Shapiro has a solid track record of success in several disparate areas of his bizarre life.ENTREPRENEUR:As founder & CEO of "BLUE", Jay bootstrapped the Digital Marketing firm from a small Singapore startup, to a globally dominant force in the ad industry, with nearly 200 people in London, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai and Palo Alto. BLUE went on to win the coveted "Agency Of The Year" TWICE, beating out all the majors agencies Jay's co-founded AppMakr - the world's largest drag-and-drop Mobile AppMakr, empowering "ordinary people" in 60+ countries to create over a million new mobile apps. Next Jay is launching the CivTech Group which is transforming local government, by increasing transparency, responsiveness and participation, with AI-Based chatbots and solution crowd-sourcing platforms.INTERNET PIONEER:As president of IAB Singapore, Jay was one of the pioneers of the Internet industry in Asia. He is a regular columnist and keynote speaker globally.BOARD MEMBER & ADVISOR:As a seasoned and trusted executive, Jay has participated / advised several boards including:WPP Digital - Global board memberAd:Tech - Advisory Board MemberChief Digital Officer Forum - Advisory Board MemberBackersHub - Helping Kickstarter backers find great projectsWordbot - Professional eMail signatures & trackingMeddle - Tumblr for business peopleGreatist - Creating Healthy LifestylesPHILANTHROPIST:As co-founders of, Jay & Alice have created a unique model for 21st century philanthropy by connecting successful entrepreneurs with those just starting out in developing communities. 300+ Volunteer travelers working globally to "Use What You Know, To Do Good As You Go."ADVENTURER:As the designer of The EcoRoamer, Jay Shapiro developed the world's first open-source, carbon neutral, family sized, 4x4 production expedition vehicle made entirely out of recycled and sustainable materials which Jay and his family are driving around the planet.

Jay Shapiro's Experience:

  • Chairman / Founder - BLUE Group at WPP

    Jay founded BLUE in Singapore with US$10,000 in angel funds and two junior employees. From that third floor walk-up apartment he grew the organisation into the global powerhouse that it is today, voted "Agency Of The Year" in 2009. BLUE's key point of difference is the dedication to being "The Measurable Marketing Company". This has allowed BLUE to operate as a partner to some of the most respected FORTUNE 100 marketers across the globe. By creating a networked organisation, and recruiting some of the most talented CRM & data-centric marketing professionals, Jay was able to grow the business to enjoy successful operations in London, New York, Palo Alto, Singapore, Tokyo, Beijing & Shanghai. ========= UPDATES: ========= 2007 - WPP PLC acquired the entire BLUE Group for an undisclosed sum. 2009 - Marketing Magazine named BLUE their overall Agency of The Year. 2010 - BLUE/DEMAND named Search Marketing Agency of The Year. 2011 - BLUE becomes one of the founding agencies of "Possible Worldwide", a new global interactive agency with over 1,000 employees in 18 countries. Kenny Powar, BLUE's former CEO becomes President of Possible for everything outside of America.

  • CEO & Founder at BLUE

  • Managing Director at Blue Sphere Interactive

  • Strategy Director - Asia Pacific at Publicis Technology

  • CEO at AppMakr

    Acquired by @Infinite Monkeys in August 2013, AppMakr is now the largest do-it-yourself mobile app publisher on the planet. Combined we now represent more than 1/2 million small businesses, community groups and individuals in 60+ countries. Our drag-and-drop platform enables anyone to create their own Native iPhone App, Android App and HTML5 Mobile Website -- with no coding. We were recently named: -----> "Top10 Internet Startups" at the 2013 TiE50 Awards. -----> "Top 1% Employer" on oDesk

  • Co-founder & Tribal Head of the Humans at Infinite Monkeys

    - 2013 "Top 10 Internet Startups of the Year" - TiE50 Awards - Top 1% employer out of $1B spent on The drag-and-drop mobile app maker platform, so simple even a baboon could do it. Small Businesses today employ more than half of all the private sector jobs. Over 74% of surveyed small business owners believe that mobile tech "will be important to the future success of their businesses." ...but building a Mobile App for your small business used to be harder than trying to juggle peeled bananas. Not anymore... The Infinite Monkeys FREE drag-and-drop platform enables small businesses, music bands and community groups to publish their own iPhone, Android and HTML5 mobile apps, with zero coding. Launched in February 2012, the company has signed up over 500,000 new app publishers in more than 60 countries around the world. We are now rocketing towards our goal of becoming the largest publisher of free mobile apps in the world. Try it today at ..and check out the venture's profile on Angel List at: tags: mobile, apps, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, HTML5, appcelerator, social networking

  • Burner at Burning Man

    Some people go home everyday at 5pm, some people go home on the weekends. I go home once a year for a week on the playa in the Nevada desert. I'm active in "Kidsville" - the best place on the planet to raise your children. Curious? Want to see what it's all about? The video below says it all and provides great lessons for us all to live by.

  • Chief Designer at EcoRoamer

    The EcoRoamer is the world's first open-source, eco-friendly, family sized, 4x4 overland expedition vehicle. Built entirely out of recycled & sustainable materials, this solar & bio-fuel powered beast carries Jay and his family on their adventures around the planet. So far they have traveled 40,000 carbon neutral miles, and the goal is to completely circle the globe, volunteering & home-schooling as they go. Learn more about the EcoRoamer and the global expedition at:

  • Co-Founder, Director at The Muskoka Foundation

    The Muskoka Foundation is our 501(c)3 registered non-profit charity foundation, that is transforming the Adventure Travel sector by creating a mentality of volunteering into all expedition plans. Our network of 300+ volunteer travelers "Use what they know, to do good as they go", by running entrepreneurship, IT, photography, sports, and primary education workshops with orphans, street kids and budding entrepreneurs in over 20 communities on 4 continents. We are developing and deploying programs that will make a big difference in small communities, rather than making small donations to big causes like cancer or malaria... Please view my introduction slideshow above for more information, or visit: tags: Philanthropy, Social Enterprise, Overland, Expedition, Adventure Travel, Volunteering

Jay Shapiro's Education:

  • National University of Singapore

  • Wilfrid Laurier University

    Concentration: Communication Studies + Computer Science
  • Earl Haig S.S - Claude Watson School for Performing Arts

Jay Shapiro's Interests & Activities:

Entrepreneurship. startups, Muskoka, Philanthropy, Overland Travel, Adventure Travel, Singapore, Glen Rock New Jersey, EcoRoamer

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