Eric M. Jackson, a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, advises startups and nonprofits on their product and business strategies. He previously oversaw marketing for the online payment service PayPal, where he helped catapult the dot-com from losing $10 million per month to profitability and an initial public offering. Jackson served as PayPal’s Senior Director of U.S. marketing, as well as the interim Vice President of Marketing following its 2002 acquisition by eBay.
Jackson serves on the boards of directors and advisory boards for several companies and early-stage ventures. His book, The PayPal Wars: Battles with eBay, the Media, the Mafia, and the Rest of Planet Earth, won the Writers Notes Book Award for best business book, and was hailed by Tom Peters as “the best description of ‘business strategy’ unfolding in a world changing at warp speed.”
An outspoken advocate of personal liberty, Jackson has appeared on Fox News, CNN, ABC News, MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” and numerous other TV and radio programs. He has been quoted in publications such as Forbes, Publishers Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and BusinessWeek.
Jackson has lectured for the Cato Institute and the Reason Foundation, and has been a featured speaker at Freedom Fest. He earned a degree in economics with honors from Stanford University.