featured entrepreneur: Jeff Jahn (07C)

Jeff Jahn

Note: Jeff Jahn was the 2015 recipient of the Berry Alumni Association’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. Here’s a quick glimpse at his impressive accomplishments.

Early success

  • Started his first official business, DynamiX Web design, while a Berry sophomore, serving simultaneously as CEO, design department, sales team and head of support
  • As a senior, hired his first full-time employee, purchased a home and carried an 18-hour class load while working 15-hour+ days and traveling frequently

On the [super] fast track

  • Since 2012, DynamiX’s business has grown 35 to 55 percent annually; in 2014, the firm achieved 100 percent growth in staff (now employing 14) and launched almost 50 new websites for Atlanta-based and national customers, including Marlow’s Tavern, Ray’s Restaurants, Clark Howard and Herman Cain
  • In 2011, co-founded the internationally recognized, neighborhood-based Home Elephant social media platform that now encompasses more than 6,800 communities in 96+ countries
  • In 2012, co-founded the apartment-renter retention platform Dwellio 

Awards and accolades

  • Recognized in 2013 as one of “20 Rising Stars Under 40” by Cobb Life magazine
  • In 2015 Horizon Interactive Awards competition, DynamiX became the most-awarded website development firm nationally when it took home 46 trophies, including a “Best of Category” award and 10 “Gold” trophies
  • DynamiX earned the highest recognition for Internet excellence when it was named one of only 12 Webby Award honorees in the 2015 Food and Drink category for its work on the Ray’s Restaurants site
  • Other DynamiX awards for innovative design, development and technology include seven W3 national awards, seven international Davey Awards and an Interactive Media Awards “Best in Class” designation
  • Home Elephant has been featured by news outlets across the country, including Fox News, ABC News, CNN, Adweek, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Huffington Post and CBS News’ The Early Show

In his own words

“Since I started my first unofficial business at 14 (selling IT services to companies), I’ve been addicted to creating new things and the challenges that come from being an entrepreneur.”