You may know Jason Hope as the tech genius behind one of the world’s first premium mobile content providers, Jawa. However, Hope has delved into many other, highly successful pursuits. From starting a highly acclaimed search engine optimization firm to developing mobile app solutions for busy professionals, Hope has stayed both extremely busy and extremely relevant throughout his career.
Today, Jason Hope is spending a large portion of his time writing as a guest blogger for such sites as Wired.com and his own blog, jasonhope.com. Lately, his interests have turned towards the boundless possibilities he sees in the coming implementations of the so-called Internet of Things. Hope says that, much more than simply an extension of existing technologies, the Internet of Things promises to be a revolutionary force which will completely transform the way that people, devices and the built environment interact with one another. Hope seeks to get young entrepreneurs and innovators thinking about the new directions in which this powerful and novel technology will be able to be pushed.
A futurist from birth
Jason Hope has been compulsively enraptured by technology since his earliest memories. As a young man, he read voraciously the likes of “Wired Magazine”, “Popular Science”, “Nature” and even technical journals like “The Lancet”. His intense interest paid off. After graduating from Arizona State University with a master’s degree in business, he founded his first startup, Jawa. His vision for Jawa was a company that would provide users of cellular telephones with premium paid content, like their favorite songs or ringtones. It developed an easy user interface that allowed customers to complete transactions in just a few clicks.
This may sound like just another tech company now. But what’s astonishing is that Hope was building this company in the late 90s, a time when far less than half of Americans even had a cell phone. The company went on to become one of the largest and, perhaps, the first provider of premium ringtones.
Hope’s sagacity didn’t fade. Today, he writes blogs, runs his portfolio of companies and proselytizes readers to the benefits of embracing future technologies.