An entrepreneur since 19 years old, I am most passionate and comfortable when navigating in uncharted waters and have applied that mindset to my numerous business ventures. While in college, I founded the online music company Eargazmic.com. Merging my love of music and computers (we called it computers back then, not technology), I created a website where independent bands and musicians can use the website to promote and sell their music. Each artist had their own web page which consisted of photos, a bio, upcoming tour dates and links to purchase MP3’s. I ended up dropping out of New York University to focus on the business full-time but ultimately closing the business in 2003.
In 2004, when phone carriers starting utilizing voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and routing their traffic over internet lines instead of phone lines, I decided to experiment with that technology and built an IP connection from my apartment closet (that’s closet, as in where you put clothes) to Trinidad & Tobago and successfully was able to make long distance phone calls but paying local (Trinidad) prices. This experiment launched Titan International, which ultimately became a big player in selling wholesale long distance services to phone companies. Verizon, China Telecom, TATA Communications and many phone companies around the world relied on our services.
Not stimulated by the telecom business so much anymore, in 2008 I purchased Stand Up NY, the famous comedy club on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Stand Up NY made its name in the 80’s and 90’s with many of the world’s best comics known to frequent the club including Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Louis CK and Jon Stewart. I purchased the club with one of my best buddy’s Gabe Waldman (also an aspiring comic), hired Steve Lewis, (the infamous New York club operator/designer) and gave Stand Up NY a major makeover. Today, the club is home to many current A-listers including Amy Schumer, Michael Che, Pete Davidson and Judah Friedlander.
In 2013, with my co-founder Jon Fatigate, we created Stand Up NY Labs, a comedy incubator. We successfully launched several hit podcasts including Tuesdays with Stories, Race Wars, The Jtrain podcast and In the Conversation which can can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and SoundCloud. In 2015 DGital Media, an audio engagement company invested in our company and currently ad-rep our network.
At the end of 2016, Stand Up NY launched Skitish Media which creates short, funny, and shareable video content for brands and media agencies.
I currently reside on the Upper West Side with my wife Billie, an orthodontist and three children - Bradyn, Sydney and Ryder.