Jake Grinsted
 

Hi, I'm Jake. With over 20 years of experience with nonprofits, I'm excited to be merging what I know about community service and technology to help make the world a happier place.

 
 
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About me

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While a student of King’s College London, I discovered a summer job like no other: I became a counselor at an incredible nonprofit summer camp in upstate New York. My passion soon became a mission, and a few years later I moved to work full-time for the charity that had changed my life.

Early on in my eleven year career at The Fresh Air Fund, I discovered a need for better management software. After deciding against the limited choices of off-the-shelf solutions, Fresh Air Live was born, destined to become a web-based database system that would be accessed by hundreds of users every year and manage the records of almost a million people.

From apps to digital graphics to websites, I became increasingly involved with the intersection of community service and technology. My inner geek began reaching out to other nonprofits in my spare time, and before long I had begun consulting across the industry through Solve IT Simply – a company I could call my own.

The success of this consulting and The Fresh Air Fund's in-house database solution brought about a desire to broaden my impact, and – with the support of The Fund's Board of Directors – I began a new chapter of my career, leaving to create a nonprofit tech startup: Simply360.

Throughout, my mission has remained the same: to empower people with the tools they need to make the world a happier place.

Creators Social

 

Starting out on my own in New York City has been exciting – but also challenging. Not having a regular office and coworkers can be tough sometimes, and meeting new people for collaborations and new ideas didn't happen as often as I'd have liked.

So I got together with Trevor Bell and started The Creators Social. Our goal was to create a relaxed, welcoming space for creators and entrepreneurs to network, and we're already blown away by the number of people who've shown interest.

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Join us for one of our meetups by signing up at www.thecreators.social.

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