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Jay Shapiro
CEO @ AppMakr, TEDSpeaker, founder, Angel Investor, Adventure Travel & IoT expert
United States, Stamford

Why you should speak with me:

CEO / founder of the world's largest Mobile App Publisher, a global digital ad agency & Adventure Travel Philanthropy Network
Industry Focus:
Business Areas:
Customer Relationship & Marketing
Strategy & Business Advisory


--=>>> CEO of the "Top10 Internet Startup of the Year"​ @ Silicon Valley TiE50 Awards <<<=--

Jay has a solid track record of success in several disparate areas of his bizarre life.

Jay's latest venture is AppMakr - the world's largest Mobile App Publisher, empowering millions of "ordinary people"​ in 100+ countries to create their first mobile presence.

As president of IAB Singapore, Jay was one of the pioneers of the Internet industry in Asia. He is a regular columnist and keynote speaker globally.

As a seasoned and trusted executive, Jay has participated / advised several boards including:
WPP Digital - Global board member
Ad:Tech - Advisory Board Member
BackersHub - Helping Kickstarter backers find great projects
SenderGen - Professional eMail signatures & tracking
Meddle - Tumblr for business people
Greatist - Creating Healthy Lifestyles

As co-founders of, Jay & Alice have created a unique model for 21st century philanthropy by connecting successful entrepreneurs with those just starting out in developing communities. 300+ Volunteer travelers working globally to "Use What You Know, To Do Good As You Go."​

As designer of The EcoRoamer, Jay developed the world's first open-source, carbon neutral, family sized, 4x4 production expedition vehicle made entirely out of recycled and sustainable materials which Jay and his family are driving around the planet.

Key Skills:

mobile apps, IoT, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Strategy, startups, digital marketing, CRM, B2B Marketing

Career History

Acquired by @Infinite Monkeys in August 2013, AppMakr is now the largest do-it-yourself mobile app publisher on the planet.

More than 2 million small businesses, community groups and individuals in 100+ countries have used our drag-and-drop platform to create their own Native iPhone / Android Apps and HTML5 Mobile Websites -- with no coding.

We were recently named:
-----​> "Top10 Internet Startups"​ at the Silicon Valley TiE50 Awards.
-----​> "Top 1% Employer" on UpWork 
Aug 2013 – Present
Chief Designer 
The EcoRoamer is the world's first open-source, eco-friendly, family sized, 4x4 overland expedition vehicle.

Built entirely out of recycled & sustainable materials, this solar & bio-fuel powered beast carries Jay and his family on their adventures around the planet.

So far they have traveled 40,000 carbon neutral miles, and the goal is to completely circle the globe, volunteering & home-schooling as they go.

Learn more about the EcoRoamer and the global expedition at: 
Oct 2008 – Present
Co-Founder, Director 
The Muskoka Foundation ( is our 501(c)3 registered non-profit charity foundation, that is transforming the Adventure Travel sector by creating a mentality of volunteering into all expedition plans.

Our network of 300+ volunteer travelers "Use what they know, to do good as they go", by running entrepreneurship, IT, photography, sports, and primary education workshops with orphans, street kids and budding entrepreneurs in over 20 communities on 4 continents.

We are developing and deploying programs that will make a big difference in small communities, rather than making small donations to big causes like cancer or malaria...

Please view my introduction slideshow above for more information, or visit:

tags: Philanthropy, Social Enterprise, Overland, Expedition, Adventure Travel, Volunteering 
Jul 2008 – Present
CEO / Founder 
Jay founded BLUE in Singapore with US$10,000 in angel funds and two junior employees. From that third floor walk-up apartment he grew the organisation into the global powerhouse that it is today, voted "Agency Of The Year"​ in 2009.

BLUE's key point of difference is the dedication to being "The Measurable Marketing Company"​. This has allowed BLUE to operate as a partner to some of the most respected FORTUNE 100 marketers across the globe.

By creating a networked organisation, and recruiting some of the most talented CRM & data-centric marketing professionals, Jay was able to grow the business to enjoy successful operations in London, New York, Palo Alto, Singapore, Tokyo, Beijing & Shanghai.

2007 - WPP PLC acquired the entire BLUE Group & appoints Jay Shapiro to the Global WPP Digital Board.

2009 - Marketing Magazine named BLUE their overall Agency of The Year. 
Sep 1999 – Dec 2008

Education & Qualifications

National University of Singapore 
MBA - Marketing Strategy 


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Other Qualifications & Awards

AWARD - Silicon Valley TiE50 Top 10 Internet Companies

AWARD - Motorola Asia Pacific Business Planning Excellence

TED Speaker - Selected 2014 -


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Languages Spoken

  • English