In 1996, when he was 25 years old, Jeremy opened the first East Coast office of the internet company Yahoo out of his apartment in New York City.
Over the course of the next five years, he worked with his friends to build Yahoo from a small start-up into a multi-billion dollar venture.
Their goal was to change the world by modernizing the way people accessed information. In the process, Yahoo created thousands of jobs and gave birth to an entirely new sector of the American economy anchored in innovation and technology.
When he moved to Florida to raise his family, Jeremy brought this vision and experience along with him. After being elected to the Florida Senate in 2006, he worked diligently over the course of the next ten years to craft major bipartisan legislation aimed at planting the seeds of an innovation ecosystem right here in the Sunshine State. Jeremy started by securing investment capital for the ideas developed within Florida’s public university system. He then ensured that these ideas were given the opportunity to grow into marketable products and technologies by creating pathways for commercialization and establishing funds for later-stage investment.
The success has been real. As a direct result of the programs Jeremy worked to design and then promote among his colleagues in the legislature, more than 60 tech start-ups based in Florida have made their way from our state’s “innovation incubators” to the broader market. Among Jeremy’s proudest achievements as a public servant has been the establishment and expansion of The Florida Growth Fund, which invests in homegrown Florida companies. The fund has allowed small businesses across the state — and Florida’s economy as a whole — to expand, diversify and mature. It currently has over $750 million of capital under management. And we’re just getting started.
As our state’s next CFO, Jeremy wants to continue this mission through continued investment and smart leadership. There is no reason why Florida should not be competing for the same high-paying jobs as innovation hubs like California and Massachusetts. The groundwork has been laid and we are now in a better position than ever to capitalize on Florida’s greatest resource — it’s people.