Great news! Founder of Priceline will be with us!

WOW!   We are so excited to announce that Mr. Jeff Hoffman, Founder of Priceline (amongst many others), will be part of the show with us.  He will mentor the teens, with all his experience with entrepreneurs and youth all around the world, Mr. Hoffman is a great asset for the show.

Please see below to discover how much we are lucky to have him with us.  He will be one of the mentors on the casting call in July too!



Jeff’s Bio

Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker. In his career, he has been the founder of multiple startups, he has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and he has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known companies, including, CTI, ColorJar, and more.

Today Jeff serves on the boards of companies in the US, Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. He supports entrepreneurs and small businesses on a worldwide basis, serving on the global advisory boards of Global Entrepreneurship Week (supporting entrepreneurship in over 130 countries), the US State Department’s GIST program (Global Innovation through Science and Technology, working in 49 emerging nations), the APEC Startup Initiative (the Asia Pacific Economic Council’s 21-member nation association), and many others. He supports the White House, the State Department, USAID, and similar organizations internationally on economic growth initiatives and entrepreneurship programs.

Jeff is a frequent keynote speaker, having been invited to speak in over 50 countries. He speaks on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship, and business leadership, and is currently writing a book on how to scale a business, which will be published worldwide in the summer of 2014. Jeff also teaches innovation workshops to major corporations on a regular basis.

Jeff is a featured business expert seen on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNN International, Bloomberg News, CNBC, ABC, and NPR, and in publications including Forbes, Inc., Time, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and more.

Jeff received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the national CEO council for his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship, as well as receiving the 2012 Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, and Rising Tide Capital.

Outside of the world of technology, Jeff has produced movies in Hollywood, has produced musical events including concerts, tours, and charity events with such artists as Elton John, Britney Spears, NSYNC, and others, and serves on numerous charity and non-profit boards.


Speeches & Awards

Recent Keynotes & Speaking Engagements

  • Briefed members of Congress on competitiveness and job creation through small business
  • Briefed US State Department on global entrepreneurship and job creation
  • Speech on innovation at the World Innovation Forum in Barcelona, Spain
  • Went on White House/State Department trip to Egypt to teach innovation and entrepreneurship to post-revolution young Egyptian business leaders
  • Judged the Global Entrepreneurship Competition in Europe (biz plans from 40 countries)
  • Speech on business leadership at YPO distinguished speakers event
  • Speech on innovation at Silicon Valley digital entertainment conference
  • Commencement speech on innovation and business leadership at ESADE, one of the world’s top-ranked international business schools
  • Judged the Concept to Venture business plan competition at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business
  • Gave keynote speech on innovation and future business trends at the EO (Entrepreneur’s Organization) annual NERVE conference in NYC
  • Keynote speech on innovation and business trends at the National Entrepreneurship Education Summit in Florida
  • Judged New Venture Challenge business plan competition at University of Illinois
  • Keynote speech on innovation and entrepreneurship at LUCID conference in NYC
  • Keynote speech at Global Youth Opportunities Conference in Washington, DC
  • Keynote speech at Extreme Entrepreneurship tour event in Ohio
  • Keynote speech and mentored at Startup Weekend in Connecticut
  • Keynote speech and mentored entrepreneurs at Silicon Valley Comes to Malaysia conference in Kuala Lumpur
  • Keynote speech at Marquette University’s CIRCLES entrepreneurship event
  • Keynote speaker and mentor at Rising Tide Capital (entrepreneurship and microfinance company)
  • Keynote speaker at Can Do Society annual conference
  • Keynote speaker at Kent State University’s Entrepreneurship Day
  • Keynote speech at Future of Entrepreneurship Education conference at US Chamber of Commerce

Recent Awards & Recognition

  • Letter of Gratitude from former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Inducted into Hall of Fame by the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization
  • Received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship from the National CEO Council
  • Received Empact 100 Award at the White House for ColorJar (partner & co-founder of ColorJar)
  • Selected as Distinguished Lecturer at the Rothman Institute at Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Featured in new book The Everyday Entrepreneur
  • Featured in new book on business leadership Consider

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