Jonathan Gosier

Jonathan Gosier

Serial Tech Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Greater Philadelphia Area)
Information Technology and Services

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Jonathan Gosier's Summary

Jon Gosier is a globally recognized serial tech entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is increasingly recognized for his work as an angel investor. He has been listed among the ‘Most Influential Blacks in Technology’ by Business Insider 2013 and again in 2014. He’s also been listed among the ‘20 Angel Investors Worth Knowing’ and among the ‘Innovators of the Year 2013’ by Black Enterprise Magazine. He is a TED Senior Fellow and graduate of the THNK School School for Creative Leadership.

He is a partner at Third Cohort Capital, an early stage angel fund started in collaboration with business leaders in the Mid-Atlantic region and at the Appfrica Fund. Prior to becoming an investor Jon was known for his work as Founder and CEO of the drag and drop data-science company, MetaLayer.

Other roles he's held since 2008 include Executive leadership roles at Ushahidi (an organization making data tools for disaster response) QuestionBox (an organization focused on last mile internet accessibility in Asia and Africa) and Market Atlas (which aims to make private equity transactions more transparent and reliable in emerging markets). He went on to found or co-found various companies including civic data firm D8A Group, and the non-profit organizations AfriLabs, HiveColab and Abayima.

Jonathan Gosier's Experience

June 2014Present (4 months) Greater Philadelphia Area

March 2011Present (3 years 7 months) Greater Philadelphia Area


Rare Customs/Tastemakers Africa

September 2014Present (1 month) Greater New York City Area

July 2014Present (3 months) Greater New York City Area



July 2010Present (4 years 3 months) Accra, Ghana



August 2012Present (2 years 2 months) Accra, Ghana



August 2012Present (2 years 2 months) Lagos, Nigeria


Green Dreams Ltd

April 2010Present (4 years 6 months) Kenya

April 2013Present (1 year 6 months) democratic republic of the congo

Public Speaker & Presenter


August 2008Present (6 years 2 months) World

Board Member

Hive Colab

October 2009Present (5 years) Kampala, Uganda

Jonathan Gosier's Skills & Expertise

  1. PHP
  2. XHTML
  3. Graphic Design
  4. Ruby
  5. AJAX
  6. Python
  7. Data Visualization
  8. JavaScript
  9. Big Data
  10. User Experience
  11. SEO
  12. Entrepreneurship
  13. Web Design
  14. Strategy
  15. Digital Media
  16. E-commerce
  17. Mobile Applications
  18. Blogging
  19. Web Development
  20. New Media
  21. Cloud Computing
  22. Business Development
  23. Software Development
  24. Mobile Devices
  25. Marketing
  26. HTML
  27. Creative Direction
  28. Digital Strategy
  29. Social Entrepreneurship
  30. Start-ups
  31. Facebook
  32. Web Applications
  33. Enterprise Software
  34. Social Innovation
  35. Web 2.0
  36. Leadership
  37. Angel Investing
  38. Impact Investing
  39. Venture Capital
  40. Market Research
  41. Open Source
  42. WordPress
  43. Web Analytics
  44. Lean Startup
  45. Website Development
  46. CSS
  47. User Interface
  48. Usability
  49. Crowdsourcing
  50. Analytics

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Jonathan Gosier's Honors and Awards

  • The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

    Goldman Sachs
    • January 2014

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Community College of Philadelphia is a practical business education program that gives entrepreneurs valuable skills for growing their businesses, the opportunity to access financial capital, powerful networking opportunities and more, at absolutely no cost to participants.

  • Harvard Institute for Global Health

    Harvard Global Health Institute
    • August 2009

    Joint award with Dr. Michael Lipnick to develop solutions for mHealth that would be deployed in Africa.

  • TED Fellowship

    TED Conferences
    • March 2009

    Launched at TED2009, the TED Fellows program brings outstanding individuals who have shown unusual accomplishment, exceptional courage and moral imagination into the TED community in order to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

  • $250,000 Knight News Challenge Winner

    Knight Foundation
    • April 2011

    The Knight News Challenge is a media innovation contest that aims to advance the future of news by funding new ways to digitally inform communities. The News Challenge awards as much as $5 million a year for innovative ideas that develop platforms, tools and services to inform and transform community news, conversations and information distribution and visualization.

  • "Audience Choice" Startup Award at Strata 2012

    • March 2012

    The Startup Showcase is a chance for ten finalists to demonstrate their innovations to a packed room of investors, entrepreneurs, journalists, and potential employees. At the end of the showcase, the Strata judges choose three companies from among the ten finalists, selecting those whose technology, team, and offering stand apart from the rest.

  • "Innovator of the Year 2013" Nominee

    Black Enterprise Magazine
    • May 2013

    The Black Enterprise Small Business Awards were created to provide special recognition to African American entrepreneurs who embody the Black Enterprise entrepreneurial spirit. This award is given to the business flourishing in an innovative industry or those approaching business/entrepreneurship in a groundbreaking manner via their products and/or services.

  • FastFWD

    Good Company Group
    • February 2014

    Entrepreneurial innovation has a vital role to play in tackling today’s toughest urban challenges – the launch of FastFWD unlocks unprecedented opportunities for entrepreneurs to collaborate with cities to source, cultivate, and deploy solutions to pressing problems facing cities across the country.

  • CEO Access Network of Greater Philadelphia

    The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
    • September 2013

    The Purpose of CEO Access Network of Greater Philadelphia (Network) is to create an informal network of relationships between large business CEO’s and minority entrepreneurs in order to drive business and create economic opportunity for urban businesses and residents. The Network is comprised of large-business CEOs who are paired with minority CEOs to share advice and counsel, as well as, networking and business development opportunities. In its third year, the Network consists of 44 alumni members and 13 current pairings.

    Minority CEOs should have an existing business with at least three-year sales history with approximate annual sales in the most recent year of at least $500,000 and have demonstrated an increase in annual revenue in the prior year.

  • $150,000 Knight News Challenge Winner

    Knight Foundation
    • January 2013

    The Knight News Challenge is a media innovation contest that aims to advance the future of news by funding new ways to digitally inform communities. The News Challenge awards as much as $5 million a year for innovative ideas that develop platforms, tools and services to inform and transform community news, conversations and information distribution and visualization.

  • DreamIt Philly Class 2011 (Fall)

    DreamIt Ventures
    • September 2011

    The DreamIt founders designed DreamIt to be the startup accelerator program they wish existed when they started and sold their first companies. New startups today need only a little funding, but they need more help and support than ever before. They need a community of fellow entrepreneurs to share ideas and inspiration, technologists to join their team, Mentors and coaches who have struggled on their way to a big success, legal and accounting services that don’t cost precious cash, and opportunities to meet and pitch angel investors and venture capitalists.

  • Acceleprise Class 2013
    • January 2013

    Acceleprise is an accelerator focused on enterprise technology founded and anchored by investor and entrepreneur Sean Glass. It is the first independent accelerator focused solely on enterprise technology in the United States. Over the next three years, Acceleprise will invest in over 60 companies focused on building web based software to solve large organizations’ problems. Acceleprise provides both capital and community support to enterprise entrepreneurs while they work from a shared office in Washington DC over four months.

  • UnGrounded Innovation Lab

    British Airways & IDEO
    • June 2013

    British Airways and IDEO partnered to turn a plane into an innovation lab in the sky. Participants were nominated by global technology leaders in both Silicon Valley and London, with primary input from the UnGrounded advisory board. The advisory board is made up of senior representation from RocketSpace, Silicon Valley Bank, Andreessen Horowitz, Stanford University and Innovation Endeavors. All participants have been hand-selected to participate based on their experience and passion for driving the acceleration of innovation within developed and emerging communities across the world.

  • 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology

    Business Insider
    • April 2013

    A list of the twenty-five most influential African-Americans in tech according to

  • Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar

    Rollins College
    • September 2013

    Thomas Phillips Johnson was born on June 8, 1914 in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He attended New Castle public schools before attending Rollins College and graduating in 1934. He then attended Harvard Law School, spent two years as the editor of the Harvard Law Review and graduated from Harvard magna cum laude in 1937.

    In 1982 Rollins College President Thaddeus Seymour presented Johnson with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. Johnson contributed one million dollars in 1994 to create the Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program which invites speakers from across the world to share their knowledge with Rollins College.

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