Jonas Tempel can be best described as a creative entrepreneur. He began his entrepreneurial journey by founding Factory Design Labs, Inc. in 1996. Factory humbly started as a boutique graphic design firm and matured into a full service creative agency servicing a roster of global clients.
In 2002, Jonas joined with friends to incubate a new venture aimed at disrupting the record store retail model. As a long time DJ, Jonas saw the early emergence of digital content and sought to create a global e-commerce platform to help accelerate the migration from physical to digital retail. In January 2004 the team proudly launched Beatport.com, which permanently altered the global retail landscape. Over time, Beatport further grew to become the leading cultural icon of electronic dance music providing a global catalog of content uniquely organized to meet the demands of professional DJs and their fans. Jonas successfully lead all fundraising efforts including the $1 million angel round and the $12 million Series A investment led by Insight Venture Partners. From 2002-2010 Jonas served as founding partner, CEO and Chairman. Beatport was sold in 2013 to SFX for $60 million.
Upon leaving Beatport, Jonas was recruited to Los Angeles to help design and implement the initial strategic foundation of Beats Music, a sub brand of Beats Electronics or better known as Beats by Dre. Beats Electronics was sold in 2014 to Apple for $3.2 billion. Beats Music was subsequently rebranded and is today called Apple Music.
As well as founding companies, Jonas is also an investor and board member in many exciting ventures in the media and tech spaces. He continues to focus his entrepreneurial spirit on building new businesses and mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs around the world.