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»Jeff Kearl, Entrepreneur of the Year

The Ralph W. Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Ethics presented our 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year honor to Jeff Kearl, an experienced entrepreneur, business investor, and the CEO of Stance. The center hosted a reception/dinner and a fireside chat with Kearl, discussing entrepreneurship from an insider's perspective. All proceeds from this event went to support student entrepreneurship at Chapman. 

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+-Jeff Kearl Biography

Kearl is on the Board of Skullcandy and a board member at Needle, Julep and Connect SDSI. He also serves on the investment advisory committees at Innoventures Capital Partners and Mercato Partners. In 2012, Kearl co-founded Precedent Investments, a private equity fund with Josh James, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. Precedent’s portfolio includes BlackJet, Julep, Science, Uber and Viddy. Kearl has also made angel investments in several start-ups including 99 Designs, Ancestry.com (NASDAQ: ACOM), Coupa, Domo, Dynamic Signal, Familylink (acquired by MyHeritage), InsideSales.com, Lithium, Matuse, Needle, Omniture (IPO then acquired by Adobe), Outright (acquired by GoDaddy), Skullcandy (NASDAQ: SKUL), Visual.ly and ZEFR. He holds a BA from Brigham Young University and lives in San Clemente, CA.

Kearl is the Chairman and CEO of Stance, a company with an original point of view on socks. Prior to that he served as Executive Vice President and on the Board of Directors at Logoworks, an Internet startup backed by Benchmark Capital and Shasta Ventures. In 2006 Logoworks was ranked #66 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in the US and was successfully acquired by HP in 2007. After the acquisition, Kearl ran strategy and new ventures for HP’s Internet services businesses. Prior to Logoworks, Kearl was involved with several start-ups, including: vSpring Capital where he worked on investments in Altiris (IPO then acquired by Symantec), Cerberian (acquired by Blue Coat Systems), comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), Control4, Mediconnect Global (acquired by Verisk Analytics) and Senforce (acquired by Novell).

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+-About the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Ethics

Established in 1995, Chapman University’s Leatherby Center offers one of the nation’s most respected programs for entrepreneurial young men and women. The center aims to prepare and inspire principled, dynamic entrepreneurs whose ideas improve lives and solve important problems. Through innovative courses and real-world leadership, the center provides students with access to a range of resources, including professional mentoring, entrepreneurial internships, a multi-university network, community resources, events, speakers, research, professional groups, competitions and boot camps. Ranked as the #13 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program by Business Week, the Leatherby Center is unique in its approach to connecting students with inventors, investors and real-world entrepreneurs.

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