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Jay C. Wilkinson

When I was 16 years old, I attended a workshop conducted by Launch Leadership--a Nebraska organization founded in 1961 to educate students on how to be leaders in their schools and communities. At the end of the week, I committed to living a life that embraced the spirit of these words written by Stephen Grellet:

"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

Geek with social skills
Firespring Founder and CEO, 2001 to current
Entrepreneur and Investor, 1984 to current

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, Boston, MA, 2013
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE, 1988
North Platte High School, North Platte, NE, 1983

A board member and/or volunteer for dozens of organizations, plus founded or served on the founding board of the following:

  • Prosper Lincoln Innovation Oversight Committee, 2016
  • Nonprofit Hub Foundation, 2015
  • TEDxLincoln, 2011
  • Ignite Lincoln, 2010
  • Launch Leadership Foundation, 2009
  • Firespring Foundation, 2006
  • Nebraska Angels, 2006
  • Project Kids, 1981

Wife: Tawnya Starr-Wilkinson
Children: Cohagen, Ellen and Claire

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