Tempe, Arizona native, entrepreneur, investor and futurist, Jason Hope is passionate about getting behind technologies and giving back to the community.
Jason Hope’s philanthropy takes in the fields of education, scientific research, biotechnology among others as well as contributions to The Andre Agassi Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Desert Mountain States Chapter and the Arizona Science Center and more.
One of Hope’s passions includes foundations such as the SENS Research Foundation (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence), a non-profit organization that takes a different approach to anti-aging. His involvement began in 2010 when he donated $500,000 to the organization and he has continued to donate to SENS.
According to Hope’s blog, there has been too much focus on treating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and heart and lung diseases and the time is now to change the approach to medicine and focus on preventing disease from happening.
What’s more, Jason Hope promotes and encourages the next generation of entrepreneurs by offering high school seniors and college students grants for their ideas through grants.
His support includes reviewing each submission and making a decision on an individual basis of a grant of $500 – $5,000 to help get the students started.
Hope also believes the Internet of Things, or IoT, has already come a long way and the future is promising. IoT is a well-known phrase for the increasing need and demand for the massive amount of devices to be connected to the Internet and the cloud.
According to global market research firm International Data Corporation, (IDC), by 2020 that number will be more than 212 billion units with an anticipated financial worth estimated at $30 billion.
Hope pointed out some of the biggest problems with IoT that need to be addressed include security, bandwidth and lack of standards but he emphasized the market is almost at a point where connectivity is the norm and not the unusual.
Commenting in a statement, Jason Hope said IoT is here to stay and should be embraced as it is part of everyone’s future.
Along with his philanthropic initiatives, Hope’s future endeavors include continuing to look for businesses and projects to support through his time and resources, especially by helping local organizations.
Jason Hope grew up in Tempe, Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University (ASU) and received an MBA from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business.