Jon Carder is a serial Internet entrepreneur, who by the age of 30 had started three multi-million dollar online businesses.
He is currently the founder and CEO of Mogl, Web-based technology that helps restaurateurs attract more customers through a loyalty program that is part game and part discount---and partly out to change the world. Through Mogl’s “Meal for a Meal” program, users can donate up to 10 percent of the cost of their restaurant tab to help feed people in need. As a result, Mogl has donated over 700,000 meals through its partnership with local food banks.
More recently, Carder has taken technology built for Mogl, and turned it into an “online-to-offline” commerce platform named Empyr, which has been working with some of the largest companies in the world, including Microsoft, Facebook, and Visa.
Carder started his first online venture, called eHeaven.com, in 1999 at age 20. It was an e-commerce superstore that sold everything from baby products to big-screen TVs. After selling e-Heaven in 2002, Carder created ClientShop.com, a service designed to help consumers obtain the lowest home loan rates by having multiple banks compete for their loans. In just 4 years ClientShop helped over 1 million consumers with their home loan and was named San Diego’s fastest growing private company by the San Diego Business Journal. Internet Brands acquired ClientShop in 2006.
Carder then founded MojoPages.com, a local search engine that ranks each business against local competitors from best to worst. Each business’ MOJO is based on an algorithm that analyzes the credibility of millions of online reviews.
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