Jon Gosier is a serial tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist working at the intersection of data science and outcome driven user experience (also known as outcome design). The 34 year-old app creator, innovator, and investor is based in Philadelphia, PA.
Gosier took a non-traditional route to becoming an investor. Having developed a successful model for inclusive investing which allowed middle-class individuals invest in startups, he co-founded Third Cohort Capital with fellow alum of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program. Now Gosier is revolutionizing other areas of venture capital as the founder of Cross Valley Capital and partner at Rokk3r Labs in Miami. He is also a huge advocate for investing in tech companies in emerging markets through his Appfrica Fund.
In his career as a data scientist, Gosier spearheaded big data projects for various multi-national organizations. His technologies have been deployed by the US Department of State, The US Army, the United Nations, Red Cross, FEMA, the Government of Canada and the Kenyan disaster response company Ushahidi to name a few.
Gosier gained wide recognition for his 2014 TED talk on “Trickle-Down Techonomics,” which explored the unintended consequences of technical innovation and the responsibility he feels innovators have to design products that yield better social outcomes in addition to great features.
Gosier was listed as one of “The New Faces of Black Leadership” by TIME Magazine in 2015. He has received similarly distinguished honors from Black Enterprise Magazine, Business Insider, IDEO and The Economist. His many technical innovations include MetaLayer (a Comcast backed big data startup he co-founded) and Open SIM Kit (a mobile solution that helped prevent interruption of communication services during crisis events.
He has received numerous awards for his work including winning the Knight News Challenge in 2011 and 2013, a Harvard Initiative for Global Health, the TED Senior Fellowship and others.