Jon Gosier, Founder & General Partner
Jon is the Founder of Southbox and is involved in all its operations (Southbox Ventures, Innovations, Entertainment and Advisors). He has consistently been ranked as one of the most influential technologists of Black/African descent by publications like TIME, USA Today, The New York Times, Business Insider, Pitchbook, MIPAD and Black Enterprise. His 2014 TED Talk cited the inequities of technology and how to design tech for better societal outcomes. His career has spanned from Tech to Venture Capital to Humanitarian Response and more.
Jon has founded or lead VC backed companies in various areas of fin-tech, artificial intelligence, big data, media and ad-tech. He’s the Founder of Audigent which services 1/3 of the music industry (artists like Bruno Mars, Shakira, Ed Sheeran etc.) by helping them monetize their data.
He’s lead an array of projects as a consultant to Jefferson Health, Nielsen, EMC, Google, Facebook, FEMA, InQTel, Intuit, The Web Foundation, The World Bank, U.S. Department of State, Wounded Warriors, Department of Defense, and Lockheed Martin. His work has been recognized with awards totaling in the millions from the Knight Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, the Harvard Initiative for Global Health, and the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF).
He is perhaps best known for co-Founding a tech and innovation network across Africa that now reaches 90 African cities. In 2008 he founded East Africa’s Appfrica, a tech consultancy that serviced the continent and that went on to simulate over $80M in new economic activity and job creation with various partners including the U.S. Department of State. Other initiatives he’s been a part of include Ushahidi, AfriLabs, and HiveColab which each continue to play a role in attracting over $400 million in new venture capital deal flow to the continent. His work with entrepreneurs was lauded by the White House in 2010 and again in 2012.
Jon is an active Board Member of: Philadelphia Startup Leaders, the Angel Venture Fair, Peripheral Vision International, Electology and is on the Tech Advisory Council and Ben Franklin Technology Partners.