BIG YAK – A large domesticated wild ox found on the Tibetan plateau. Jon was given this nickname by his college basketball teammates, while he was at Alderson-Broaddus. Standing at 6’9″ and weighing in at 300+ lbs, his friends thought he was “as big as a yak”.
Jon is an entrepreneur and technology executive having worked globally across four continents in an array of businesses; from startups with just a concept and idea; to large enterprises.
Currently, he is the managing partner of Big Yak Technologies, offering advisory, business, and technology consulting in the financial services, security, insurance, and information security industries.
He co-founded and serves on the advisory board of Apliant, a SaaS based technology service enabling insurance agents to reach new markets.
Jon pioneered online services for people with special needs. With his wife Kristin, they co-founded Parlerai Inc., the world’s first Augmentative Collaboration service for families with children having special needs.
He also co-founded OnCorps, now an adaptive decision sciences company, it was initially launched as a community of technology veterans committed to bringing innovative technologies into the mainstream.
Prior to starting his own companies, Jon was a Venture Partner of Fidelity Ventures. He has also served in various IT executive roles including chief network architect of Fidelity Investments and chief technology officer of COLT’s European Internet business.
Active in the volunteer and non-profit sector, Jon is a member of the AbilityPLUS board of directors, offering access to athletic and recreational opportunities for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities to create freedom, promote independence, support inclusion and help those individuals and their families discover their full social, emotional and athletic potential.
He is also on the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine board of directors, working in close partnership with the US Forest Service to preserves and protect the unique alpine and sub-alpine eastern slopes of Mount Washington, NH.