Kris is a serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, angel investor, and accomplished public speaker. Kris was the founder and former President and CEO of Pepperjam, a full-service internet marketing agency and affiliate network he founded in 1999 and sold to eBay Enterprise (NASDAQ – EBAY) in 2009. During Kris’ tenure at Pepperjam he led the company to three consecutive Inc. Magazine Fastest Growing Company recognitions (2006, 2007, 2008) and dozens of additional awards and honors.
Kris is a contributing writer for Forbes, Inc., Fast Company, Business Insider, and Citi Bank Financial. Kris has been quoted as a business and marketing expert in over 50 publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Business.com, Fox Business, Mashable, Black Enterprise, and Success Magazine.
In 2010 Kris founded an early stage technology investment fund and incubator called KBJ Capital, which includes 15 portfolio companies including French Girls App, LSEO.com, LavCup, APPEK Mobile Apps, VigLink, Pathmapp, Highlighter.com, Internet Media Labs (now oneQube), Internet Marketing Ninjas, andReferLocal.com. Kris’ portfolio has raised nearly $30 million from influential venture capital firms such as Google Ventures, First Round Capital, Emergence Capital, Founders Co-Op, and TechStars. Prominent angel co-investors include former MySpace CEO and current CEO of Science, Inc. Michael Jones, TechStars Cofounder David Cohen, Singer / Actress Christina Milian, and NFL Defensive End Larry English.
Kristopher was recognized in 2008 as a finalist for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was a previous Entrepreneur of the Year by Bank of America (2005). Jones has been recognized as one of the “Top 20″ Business Leaders in Northeastern, Pennsylvania under the age of 40 by two separate organizations (Times Leader and Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal).