Beyond these impressive achievements, the qualities that truly set Jon apart are intangible. He is bold and visionary. A world-class innovative thinker. Resourceful and persistent. An epic problem-solver and a master relationship-builder. Jon combines his extensive experience, unquestionable integrity, and a wicked sense of humor to consistently help his clients build their business value.  


Jon is a three-time finalist for the Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year. He was named a Fast Tech 50 Winner by Deloitte and received multiple entrepreneurship awards from regional organizations. He regularly shares his expertise on entrepreneurship as a guest speaker and panel moderator.


Since 2005, Jon has served on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County and is a past Board Chair of the Texas/Israel Alliance. He actively champions the efforts of St. Constantine's International School in Tanzania, an organization that educates girls in technology and business. He also supports the Nature Conservancy and the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, a community-driven program that empowers disadvantaged women to protect wilderness areas from poaching.  


Jon earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. He is passionate about adventure travel and photography, visiting 80 countries and 6 different continents—so far.

Jon Shapiro has a proven track record for getting results, and his unique credentials make him an ideal collaborator to energize operational leadership teams for business growth. He is a former CEO, recognized thought leader, proven mentor, exceptional communicator, and a real-world entrepreneur responsible for launching more than 100 successful companies. As a top-tier business advisor and strategic growth expert, he has successfully partnered with organizations in more than 50 different countries.

His distinguished career in leadership includes the following:

  • Founder and CEO of Alliance Systems, a self-funded technology company that grew to $125 million that was later acquired by a public company.

  • CEO of Texas Institute, an energy technology research institute focused on cyber-security, establishing a consortium of six universities, multiple city governments, and numerous state agencies.

  • Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

  • Leader and Mentor for the UTD Startup Incubator that raised more than $120 million in funding and launched more than 40 businesses.

  • Highly Accomplished Leader for large and small companies, startups, public and nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and a consulting firm.

  • Recognized Expert in the areas of strategy, finance, engineering, sales and marketing, M&A, funding, business trouble-shooting, and operations management.

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Entrepreneur in Residence

In Jon’s role as Entrepreneur in Residence for two leading universities, he works directly with their research groups to help advance technologies toward the launch of startup companies. He provides advice on entrepreneurship and innovation, sharing his expertise to help catalyze these new businesses. 


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