Jerry Jao is the Founder and CEO of Retention Science.
Jerry Jao was born and raised in Taiwan. At the age of 14, he moved to America by himself and found a legal guardian in Los Angeles through classified newspaper ads. He learned English through watching hours of Dawson's Creek. Jao was valedictorian of his high school and earned a full-tuition alumni scholarship from UC Berkeley; he graduated in 3 years. Jao went on to attend the Yale School of Management.
Jao worked for Morgan Stanley, KPMG, and Clear Channel Communications before starting his first company. In 2012, he launched Retention Science, a technology platform that lets retailers harness data about their customers and develops strategies to keep them coming back. In 2014, the company raised $7 million in Series A funding.
Jao was named an "Innovation Agent" by Fast Company, "40 Under 40 Exceptional Marketer" by Direct Marketing News, and "Hot Shot Entrepreneur" by Business Journal. He is a contributing writer for Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Practical Ecommerce and has appeared on CNBC, Fox LA, Clear Channel's Tech Talk, etc.