Michael Jones (entrepreneur)

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Michael Jones
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Born Michael Jones
(1975-08-13) August 13, 1975 (age 41)
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Education University of Oregon (B.A.)
Occupation Entrepreneur

Michael Jones (born August 13, 1975) is an American entrepreneur and investor. Jones has founded, advised and invested in numerous businesses, including Userplane, Tsavo Media, MoVoxx, People Media, Brizzly, and Myspace.[1] Jones is currently the CEO of startup studio Science Inc.[2][3]


Jones attended Lake Oswego High School and has a bachelor of arts in international business and marketing from the University of Oregon where he was named Student Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997.[4][5]

Business career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2001, Jones founded Userplane, a Los Angeles-based company that provides instant messaging and other applications for companies such as Myspace and Honda. In 2006, Userplane was acquired by AOL.[6] In 2005, Jones began angel investing, primarily focused in the Los Angeles area. He has personally invested in more than 30 startups.[7] In 2008, Jones launched Tsavo Media, an online media network company which was later sold to Cybernex for $75 million.[8]


In 2010, Jones was hired as the CEO of Myspace where he was tasked with the company’s relaunch, one of the more high-profile turn-around challenges in the industry.[9] This included stabilizing a historically negative traffic and user trend, reducing the operational cost of the business by nearly 90 percent, and pivoting the product from its legacy as a social network to a social entertainment destination,[10] then selling the business on News Corp’s behalf to SpecificMedia.[11] Jones left Myspace in the summer of 2011.[12]

Science Inc.[edit]

In 2011, Jones launched technology startup studio Science Inc.[13][14] Science initially received $10 million in backing from a number of well-known investors, including Eric Schmidt’s Tomorrow Ventures, among others.[15] In its early stages, Science Inc. built various tech startups internally and offered support services to early-stage startups.[16] Jones spent much of his time working with the companies’ CEOs and investors on strategy, growth and business development.[17] In 2011, Dollar Shave Club launched with investments from Science Inc. Science was Dollar Shave Club’s first investor, before the startup raised a $1 million seed round in March 2012.[18] Other startups that have come from Science include DogVacay, Hello Society, HomeHero, FameBit, Delicious, Playhaven, and Quarterly.[19][20][21]


  1. ^ "Mike Jones" Updated, November 16, 2015
  2. ^ "Mike Jones Launches Technology Studio, Science, In LA With $10M From Eric Schmidt And Others" Techcrunch, November 16, 2011
  3. ^ "The next big thing coming out of Silicon Beach? Mobile everything" USA Today, July 14, 2015
  4. ^ "University of Oregon Alumni Association" UOAlumni.com, April 26, 2014
  5. ^ "Take a tour of former Myspace CEO and tech incubator Mike Jones' Malibu mansion" Business Insider, May 8th, 2015
  6. ^ "AOL snaps up IM developer Userplane" CNET, August 14th, 2006
  7. ^ "Former MySpace CEO Michael Jones launches $30M VC fund to back Indian mobile startups" TechCircle India, July 2015, 2015
  8. ^ "Former MySpace CEO launches a startup studio" CNET, November 11th, 2014
  9. ^ "Saving Myspace: CEO Mike Jones Talks About Rethink, Relaunch and–Fingers Crossed–Resurgence" AllThingsD, October 27th, 2010
  10. ^ "For Myspace, a Redesign to Entice Generation Y" The New York Times, October 27th, 2010
  11. ^ "Exclusive: Myspace to Be Sold to Specific Media for $35 Million" AllThingsD, June 29th, 2011
  12. ^ "Myspace Acquired, CEO Out: Email From Mike Jones To Employees" TechCrunch, June 29th, 2011
  13. ^ "Former MySpace CEO creates startup incubator called Science, invests in former MySpace execs" VentureBeat, November 16th, 2011
  14. ^ "The Most Innovative Social Media Companies 2013" Fast Company, February 13th, 2013
  15. ^ "Mike Jones" Crunchbase, Updated November 16, 2015
  16. ^ "Mike Jones" Crunchbase, Updated November 16, 2015
  17. ^ "15 Questions with Mike Jones" CNN Money, May 13, 2015
  18. ^ "Science Incubator Turns Up the Heat With New Services" LA Business Journal, June 28, 2015
  19. ^ "Science Inc. to buy Social Bookmarking Site Delicious" Social Tech, May 8, 2014
  20. ^ "Science Inc. Acquires Mobile Ad Network PlayHaven From Upsight" TechCrunch, September 24, 2014
  21. ^ "Science Incubator Turns Up the Heat With New Services" LA Business Journal, June 28, 2015