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Jon Kraft

Partner at LiftOff

Jon has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur in software and consumer digital media.  Jon founded and built LiftOff, a Los Angeles-based start-up studio and accelerator, which had its first portfolio company IPO in 2017 (NASDAQ: VERI).   He currently acts as a mentor and advisor to several early stage companies, including Joiant, an innovator in the CBD / Cannabis space, where he is currently the CEO, and Juicy Miles, an optimization platform for rewards points, for which he is an executive coach and acting Head of Corporate Development & Strategy.  Jon previously served as Co-founder and CEO of Pandora Media, the largest online radio product in the world with over 150M registered users in the U.S. (NYSE: P).  He is also a co-founder at Thrively, a strength-based online platform to help children discover their passion in life.  Thrively is currently being used in nearly 100,000 classrooms nationwide.  He is the former Chief Operating Officer and a member of the founding team at UberMedia, Idealab’s prominent Internet start-up, which he led through eight M&A transactions and helped build into the world’s leading independent developer of mobile social apps.  Before that, he was Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for Big Stage Entertainment, Inc., an advanced avatar platform company recognized by Forbes in 2009 as one of America’s 20 Most Promising Companies, and sold to Image Metrix (IMGX:OTC) in 2010. Jon’s first entrepreneurial venture was as a Co-founder of Stanford Technology Group in 1993, an innovator in the relational OLAP market, funded by Sequoia and Hummer Winblad, and acquired by Informix Corporation in 1995.  Jon went on to run product marketing and business development for Informix’s Data Warehouse business for two years.  Jon served four years as Chairman of the Technology Council of Southern California.  Jon holds a B.A. from Stanford University.

 Meet Jon at Meet the Funders.