Eric M. Jackson

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Eric M. Jackson
Bornc. 1976 (age 42–43)
EducationStanford University (1998)
OccupationCEO/co-founder of CapLinked
Known forFormer VP of marketing at PayPal

Eric M. Jackson is the co-founder of CapLinked, focused on linking companies and investors.[1] He was founder and former CEO of WND Books (formerly World Ahead Publishing) and a former vice president of marketing at PayPal. He is one of the PayPal Mafia, a growing number of PayPal alumni who have started new ventures after eBay bought the online payments firm.[2]


In 1998, Jackson received a B.A. in Economics with honors from Stanford University.[3] He served on the board of directors of The Stanford Review.[4] Jackson maintains the book publishing industry blog called Conservative Publisher.[5]

As a publisher, Jackson has been known to embrace controversial books and tactics. A bestselling children's book published by World Ahead, Help! Mom! There are Liberals Under my Bed penned by Katharine Debrecht, portrayed Hillary Clinton as a cartoon villain, prompting a verbal clash with Clinton's spokesman. He once accused Google of political bias for censoring online ads for a book critical of Bill Clinton, a charge Google denied,[6] and he later paid to send Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick to the Bill Clinton Presidential Library along with the book's author.[7] In October 2006, Jackson and Joseph Farah, the founder of WorldNetDaily, announced that World Ahead Publishing would be partnering on the influential WND Books imprint.[8]

Jackson's own book The PayPal Wars (ISBN 0-9746701-0-3) chronicles PayPal's origins and discusses the legal, regulatory, and competitive threats entrepreneurs must overcome in today's business environment.[9] It won the 2005 Writers Notes Book Award for best business book.[10] It has been profiled by Reason Magazine,[11] the Washington Times,[12] the Mises Institute,[13] Tech Central Station,[14] and Tom Peters.[15]

Jackson frequently appears as a conservative commentator on radio and television programs. In his public comments he is frequently critical of eBay, the company that purchased PayPal. He has been quoted in Forbes,[16] BusinessWeek,[17],[18] US News & World Report,[19] and Publishers Weekly, [20] among other publications.


  1. ^ "Eric Jackson". Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "The PayPal Exodus". Forbes. July 12, 2006.
  3. ^ Jackson, Eric M. (June 6, 2003). "Stanford: Where Does the Money Go?". Stanford Review.
  4. ^ [1] Archived April 8, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "". Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  6. ^ "Google Defends Not Running Anti-Clinton Banners - Direct Marketing News". Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "Clinton's Accusers Tour His Library". Fox News. October 26, 2005.
  8. ^ "New publishing partner for WND Books". Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  9. ^ "Shopping". Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  10. ^ "2005 Writers Notes Book Awards Announced". PRWeb. March 30, 2005. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  11. ^ "Who Killed PayPal? - Reason Magazine". Archived from the original on July 24, 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  12. ^, The Washington Times. "20th-century evils, Silicon Valley wars". Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  13. ^ "The Genius and Struggle of PayPal". Mises Daily. January 4, 2005. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  14. ^ "Tech Central Station". Archived from the original on February 5, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  15. ^ "PayPal - tompeters!". Archived from the original on November 11, 2006. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  16. ^ "PayPal's Growing Pains". Forbes. April 14, 2005.
  17. ^ "PayPal Spreads Its Wings". Archived from the original on August 26, 2005. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  18. ^ "eBay Grooms Another Phenom - The Signal and The Noise News - Print Financial & Investing Articles - TheStreet". Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  19. ^ "Washington Whispers - US News and World Report". Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  20. ^ "'Liberals' Selling Right and Left". Publishers Weekly. October 21, 2005. Archived from the original on September 9, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2012.