Jerry Paffendorf

Founder, LOVELAND Technologies

After dropping out of high school and earning a BFA in New Jersey, Jerry Paffendorf moved to Portland to make art, and then followed his emerging interest in emerging technology to the University of Houston-Clear Lake where he earned a Masters of Science in Studies of the Future. From there he got busy as a futurist and internet creative, first working with the nonprofit Acceleration Studies Foundation in LA, and then joining a startup based in DC called the Electric Sheep Company where he began making and studying new experiences in 3D virtual worlds. Next he co-founded Wello Horld in Brooklyn where he helped invent the coolest realtime social internet software you've never heard of. That venture capital-fueled adventure ended, appropriately, in San Francisco. Always building on past experience, lifelong passions, and a sense of where the web is going, in early 2009 Jerry moved to Detroit to start LOVELAND Technologies ( because his "spider senses were tingling" with the opportunity to help weave a collective internet experience into the fabric and regrowth of a great American city.

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