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University of Oregon, BA 1997
International Business & Marketing

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Mike Jones

Michael Jones the CEO of Science, an angel investor, board member and advisor to startups up and down the west coast. Mike is the former President of MySpace and former Senior Vice President of AOL. As founder and CEO, he built Userplane from a startup services business to an applications provider and an AOL subsidiary.

After leaving AOL Jones started Tsavo, a web media company that launched with a rumored $20m in financial backing. His time as Tsavo’s CEO was short as MySpace’s new CEO made Jones his first hire in 2009, making him COO. In February of 2010, Owen VanNatta stepped down as CEO and Newscorp promoted Jones to co-President.

Jones opened his first Web consulting business during his junior year of college, and eventually migrated his practice into PBJ Digital, a 40-person firm that served an estimated 200 companies, including Sony and UPN. After selling PBJ Digital, Jones and his partners, Nate Thelen, Kevin Prentiss, and Javier Hall, formed Userplane.

Jones has a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Marketing from the University of Oregon and was named the University’s Student Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
BlackJet 10/2012Venture Round$2.14M29
Glossi, Inc 10/2012Seed4
Gobbler 1/2012Seed$1.75M27
Pocket Change 11/2011Seed$1.4M8
Thing Labs 6/2008Series A$1.6M3
Goodreads 11/2007Angel$750k6



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