Jon Whelan

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, 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.

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