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Jeff Dachis

Jeff Dachis is an American entrepreneur and currently the CEO, Chairman, and Founder of Dachis Group.

Website: www.dachisgroup.com
Austin, Texas, United States
Member since December 27, 2011
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Education
1992 New York University , MA , Business Administration, Media & Entertainment

I am a(n):

Entrepreneur

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I want to change the world.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

The two answers are completely intertwined. It can be very frustrating at times when you are working towards a long term vision that you sincerely believe in, but wind up getting side tracked by all of the short term obstacles that appear before you.
The other side of that coin is that once that long, slow march towards a goal nears its end, the amount of satisfaction that comes from having gotten there is completely indescribable.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

Listening to doubters and nay sayers.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

Do something you believe in.
Adapt.
Be willing to listen to criticism without taking it personally.

Full bio

As founder and CEO of Dachis Group, Jeff Dachis brings a world of experience to the table. His leadership and vision helped establish the digital services industry more than a decade ago when he co-founded Razorfish, Inc. out of a one-bedroom New York City apartment. During his time at Razorfish, Jeff profitably grew the company revenues to over $250 Million, expanded its talent base from 2 to 2,200 employees with offices in nine countries, completed over 25 M&A transactions, led its IPO which raised $55 Million, and catapulted Razorfish’s public valuation to over $5 Billion. Over the last decade, as the recognized leader in the digital services industry, Razorfish has won numerous performance, design, and professional service awards. Razorfish ultimately was bundled as part of Microsoft’s $6 billion purchase of aQuantive, and more recently was spun off and sold to Publicis for $530 million.

Dachis is also a Director at Manhattan-based Bond Art + Science, which specializes in information architecture and user experience design for digital media and information services. He serves as an advisor to companies including Bazaarvoice, SocialWare and Waterfall Mobile and currently serves as a founder/mentor for Silicon Valley’s Founder’s Institue. Jeff has also served as Co-Chairman of the Producer’s Guild of America New Media Council East. He has frequently appeared as a lecturer and speaker around the globe, and in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Wired Magazine. His television appearances include CNBC, CNN, 20/20, and 60 Minutes.

 

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2000
CRAINS top Visionaries
CRAINS 40 under 40
Silicon Alley Reporter 100 (4 years in a row)
New York Post top 20 movers and shakers