Jonathan Sposato is the chairman of Geekwire LLC. He was the CEO of Picnik, an online photo editing service, which was acquired by Google in 2010. Sposato also took part in the creation of Microsoft’s Xbox. After Microsoft, Sposato’s first big hit was Phatbits, a tech startup that created a platform for developing mini-XML apps or ‘Gadgets.’ Phatbits was purchased by Google in 2005 and became Google Gadgets. Sposato is the first person in history to sell two companies to Google. Jonathan lives in Seattle with his wife and son.
We are so grateful to have Jonathan as part of our Seattle family, and can’t thank him enough for all he’s done to make sure we’re successful there. Read about his experiences selling two companies to Google, and why his fifth-grade classmates once chased him down the hall yelling, “Reagan! Reagan! Reagan!” in this week’s Tuesdays with T4A.
[img_testimonial img=”https://www.t4a.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/jonathan-sposato.jpg” author=”Jonathan Sposato”]As citizens we can, and should, be many things. We shouldn’t just be business people (or any one thing), but also educators, inventors, activists, disruptors, or civic leaders if need be. Having an amazing opportunity to engage directly with civic leaders through T4A.org has been one way that I’ve broadened in that respect. By the way, the fact that Jefferson was wealthy but was a little mistrustful of the moneyed class is also something I believe in.[/img_testimonial]