There are few people who can excel as an entrepreneur in the tech world. The truth is simple, the industry moves too fast for most people to catch up. Those that do keep up, and eventually look ahead to the future, end up being the real success stories. One of those success stories of Jason Hope, a renowned futurist who has begun to make some noise in the medical world thanks to his interest in anti-aging technology. Jason Hope isn’t a household name, and he’s closer to the beginning of his career than the end, but the man has already done some incredible stuff. Let’s focus on Hope’s career in order to see why he is so interested in anti-aging research. Jason Hope was born and raised in Arizona and it is there that he continues to ply his trade.
Hope went to Arizona State University where he studied finances before grabbing his MBA. Fresh out of school, Hope turned his attention to mobile technology where he would eventually found JAWA. With early success at his back, Hope would be given the freedom to start plotting his future moves and this naturally led to an interest in anti-aging technology.If you were to sit down and have a conversation with Hope, you’d eventually get to the point where a discussion on the effects of aging and how they aren’t understood is the focus. It’s Hope’s passion for the future, and the age-related illness that come with it, that lead him to pledge half of a million dollars to the SENS Foundation.
The SENS Foundation is a non-profit medical research facility out of San Francisco, CA that focuses on age-related illness. The facility is led by CEO Mike Kope and Dr. Aubrey De Grey, whom Hope took a specific interest in.Hope said that his decision to donate such large sum of money was driven by the importance of what the teams were studying. Hope mentioned that his support was focused on helping to aid in “the advancement of rejuvenation biotechnologies”, particularly those being developed by Dr. De Grey. The donation was announced at a special event called ‘Breakthrough Philanthropy’ which was hosted by Peter Thiel of the Theil Foundation. Peter Thiel himself was at the event and he was particularly stricken, in a good way, by Hope’s enthusiasm and willingness to donate for a good cause. Thiel called Hope’s donation the highlight of the night, and we can’t disagree.