Entrepreneur, optimist and gadfly.
Jon Whelan is the director of Stink!, an off-beat documentary about his tenacious quest to uncover the source of a chemical scent in a brand-new pair of kids’ pajamas. Like most Americans, Whelan believed that if a product was on a store shelf, it was safe. Through his investigation, Whelan discovers a culture of secrecy surrounding carcinogens in everyday consumer products, a culture that begins in corporate boardrooms and permeates the halls of Congress.
Whelan, former coCEO of Afternic.com, advisor to internet/media startups, and founding member of the New York Angels, currently advocates for truthful product labeling and is a fulltime parent of two young daughters in Manhattan.