Jon Carder is a serial Internet entrepreneur, who by the age of 30 had founded three multi-million dollar online businesses.
In 1999, at age 20, Jon launched his first online venture, eHeaven.com, an e-commerce superstore which sold everything from baby products to big screen TVs. After e-Heaven was acquired in 2002 Jon created ClientShop.com, a service designed to help consumers obtain the lowest home loan rates by having multiple banks compete for their loans. In just 4 years ClientShop helped over 1 million consumers with their home loan and was named San Diego's No. 1 Fastest Growing Private Company by the San Diego Business Journal. In 2006 ClientShop was acquired by Internet Brands (NASDAQ: INET).
In 2006 Jon created MojoPages.com, a local search engine with a mission to help people find the BEST local businesses. MojoPages ranks each business against local competitors from best to worst, according to MOJO. Each business’ MOJO is based on a comprehensive algorithm, which analyzes the credibility of millions of online reviews. Some of the nation’s largest media companies are using MojoPages technology including Hearst, CBS, FOX and ClearChannel. Over 5 million people use MojoPages.com every month.
In 2010 Jon started his 4th Company Mogl.com. MOGL is helping restaurateurs attract more customers through its cutting edge loyalty program which is part game, part discount and part change the world. Mogl’s “Meal for a Meal” program donates a meal to people in need every time you eat out. MOGL was named Most Innovative Tech Company in San Diego by CONNECT and Laptop Magazines Top 8 apps.
Recently, Jon has taken his current company to another level and created a new company- Empyr. Empyr is an offline to online ad platform with real-time access to offline transaction data. This is through developing direct relationships with Visa, MasterCard and Amex. Now, anyone can tap into this to generate revenue and advertise online.
Carder guest lectures at the local colleges and universities and is an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization and a mentor with The Founders Institute. Carder was nominated for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2007 and was featured on the cover of the September 2006 Fortune Small Business magazine. In 2010 Jon was named San Diego’s Most Influential Tech Executive by the San Diego Daily Transcript.
Donnie Yancey, Chief Operating Officer
A dynamic and visionary leader with exceptional analytical, operational, financial, and strategy skills. A global executive with over 17 years of experience spanning big data, data science, location intelligence, digital media, geospatial, ecommerce, ISP, and financial services. Highly focused on building sustainable business models.
Recognized for designing and implementing new products, shaping critical organizational initiatives, driving growth and key monetization strategies, creating a sophisticated suite of KPI metrics, building and leading high performing teams, while managing multi-million to multi-billion dollar budgets.
Holds an MBA in Global Strategy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler School of Business; an MS in Quantitative Finance from George Washington University; and a BS in Finance and Marketing from Virginia Tech University.
Jarrod Cuzens, Co-founder and CTO
Jarrod Cuzens brings a lifelong passion for innovation and technology to his role at Mogl. As CTO and Co-founder, Jarrod provides the technical expertise in security, web development, mobile development and problem solving that make Mogl's groundbreaking platform possible.
Jarrod was the CTO and principal engineer for MojoPages helping to grow the platform to over 3 million visitors/month, and white-label the companies directory listings across 400 media partners.
Previous to MojoPages, Jarrod was the principal engineer and architect at Veoh Networks which was one of the largest video websites in the world (#54 global rank and #24 in the US) streaming over 300M videos per month. Veoh was a venture backed startup with investments from Goldman Sachs, Time Warner, Michael Eisner, Spark Capital and Shelter Capital. His other achievements include holding an advanced research position at Websense, a recognized leader in the information security and internet management space.
Frank Asaro, CFO
Frank Asaro is a senior financial executive with broad International and U.S.-based experience in corporate banking, finance, strategic planning, and general operational management, with proven leadership in developing, implementing and managing financial systems, and business operations in fast growth organizations.
Frank held the Chief Financial Officer position at ClientShop, Inc., #1 Fastest Growing Company in San Diego 2005, where he orchestrated a sell-side M&A transaction of the company to Internet Brands, Inc. (INET) in March of 2006. In August of 2006 Frank held the Chief Financial Officer at MojoPages a new venture with the management team of ClientShop. Frank held a Vice President, Management position at Union Bank’s (UB a Publicly Traded, wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi) Corporate Banking Division for over 13 years where he lead a seasoned team in the high-tech and bio-tech sector’s creating the largest assets base portfolio within the bank’s tri-state charter. Asaro was the Chief Financial Officer of Publicly Traded BakBone Software, Inc. (BKB; AT&T, Bell Labs spin-off) where he Co-Author of TSE/OSC prospectus filing successfully utilized in the IPO and two subsequent rounds of equity financing and Co-Author of SEC 20-F filing successfully utilized to establish foreign registration and dual reporting under U.S. GAAP requirements, positioning the company for a U.S. capital market listing.
Frank holds a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, in Business Administration, emphasis Finance and a Master’s level degree from the University of Washington’s PCBS Executive Management Program.
Peter Vogel, Vice President of Business Development
Peter brings 15 years’ experience in online marketing and advertising to Mogl, primarily in the sales/business development side of the business He has co-founded several Internet business, most recently Plink which grew to a million members before running out of funding.
At Plink, where Peter acted as CEO and head of sales, they signed on dozens of national brands including Burger King, Gap, Staples, Red Robin, Foot Locker, Regal Cinemas, Outback Steakhouse, Panda Express, Sears, Arby’s, Quiznos, Best Buy and others. In addition, under Peter’s guidance, Plink raised $7M in venture funding.
Prior to Plink, Peter acted as Industry Scout and Senior Director of Marketing for a large affiliate marketing firm in Denver, Adperio, who was agency of record for brands including Netflix, Discover Card and Experian. Peter also opened up and built the company’s first international office from the ground-up in London.
Throughout his career Peter has been recognized as thought leader, publishing articles in TechCrunch, VentureBeat, iMediaConnection and other publications in addition to regularly speaking at industry events, world-wide. Peter has a BA from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Economics.