Jason Fernandes

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NationalityIndian
CitizenshipIndia
Alma materUniversity of Texas
Occupation
  • Blockchain entrepreneur
  • Technology columnist
Awards
  • 2018 Seaside Startup Summit Award
  • [email protected] Award
  • First National Technopreneurship Competition Award

Jason Fernandes is an Indian blockchain entrepreneur and technology columnist. Fernandes founded the internet portal ZeoCities.com as a student, the non-profit LDKids.org, and wrote for Intelligent Computing CHIP magazine (India). Fernandes later co-invented the internet-based DVR, InstantTV[1], while studying at the University of Texas at Austin, and was part of the PerceptiveI founding team (a company that developed ECRM software). Fernandes started working for GlobeAsia News, Indonesia, as a monthly technology columnist after moving to Goa in 2012.

He also founded SmartKlock[2] Inc, an IoT corporation, and two Blockchain firms, FUNL Corp, and AET Ventures (AEToken[3])[4], based in Malta, of which he is currently the COO. On IT and education policies, Fernandes has consulted state governments and political parties.

He also writes for various media outlets on technology and has spoken at TED (conference) events.[5]

Early Life

Jason Fernandes was born to the artists Thomas and Jeanette Fernandes in Bombay (now known as Mumbai). When he was diagnosed with dyslexia, Fernandes was a teenager. He then had access to the family computer, which began his journey into technology.

Career

Teenage years

In 1998, Fernandes acquired his first domain on his website, www.jasonsoftware.com, which later became ZeoCities.com: a free email, website, search engine, news and chat web portal. He also became a writer and technology troubleshooter for CHIP Magazine (christened Dr. Chip), one of India's most widely read computer publications. In 1999, as a way to help people better understand dyslexi, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other learning disorders[6][7], Fernandes founded Learning Disabled Kids, a non-profit website. He was awarded the Childnet International Award (UK) for this in 1999.[8]

College years

Fernandes moved to study at the University of Texas, Austin, in the United States. While studying there, he was one of the founding members of RecordTV.com (now known as InstantTV), where he holds a Network DVR patent; he was also part of PerceptiveI's founding team, a group that created proprietary customer ECRM software.

Return to India and subsequent career

After completing his education, Fernandes moved back to India, residing in Goa. He then started working as a technology columnist for Indonesia’s GlobeAsia Magazine. Over the years, his writings have appeared in The Jakarta Globe, Intelligent Computing CHIP magazine (India), Daily News and Analysis, The Goan and Man's World (magazine) among others.

Fernandes helped develop SmartKlock[9], a "smart" clock that gave its users only important notifications. For this product, he ran a Kickstarter campaign[10]. Eager to hear more opinions on it, he wrote to Steve Wozniak in September 2014. Wozniak replied with an encouraging note and an autographed photograph of the Apple Inc. co-founders sitting with the Apple I prototype. This venture slowly grew into FUNL Corp, which offers an app designed to block out unnecessary notifications, with a reward-based system (working on blockchain). Along with Vadim Fedotov and Gene Hoffman, Fernandes also co-founded Malta-based AET Ventures (AEToken).

Fernandes has advised the country of Barbados, the Government of Goa[11], and multiple Goan political parties on IT and Education policy[12]. He was a speaker at TEDxPanaji[13] in 2017, keynote speaker at the International Blockchain Congress[14], and has been a featured speaker at events hosted by the Computer Society of India, Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Goa University, BITS Pilani University, Goa Engineering College[15] and 91Springboard.

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

In November 2017, Fernandes founded blockchain startup FUNL Corp, a platform that “filters notifications using a social blocking approach making real-time intelligent decisions on whether to block or let a notification through to your phone based on data executed from other users”. Later, Fernandes co-founded a blockchain based payment solution for the affiliate marketing industry (built on the Ethereum blockchain as a side chain), called Affiliate Economy Token or AEToken. In October 2018, AEToken won the competition for the best ICO pitch at the Malta Blockchain Summit.[16][17]

Fernandes often speaks on the subjects of cryptocurrency and blockchain at conferences and seminars. He has spoken at the following events:

  • Keynote speaker at a Blockchain seminar at Padre Conceição College of Engineering (PCCE)[18] in 2018.

In December 2018, Fernandes became a biweekly guest on Malta’s BloxliveTV, for his opinion on cryptocurrency. He has since appeared on their "Crypto Now" and the "New On The Block" shows. In March 2019, they profiled Fernandes on their show "Be Influenced", which highlights people in the blockchain industry.

In 2019, Fernandes decided to launch his own channel, TokenJay.TV, which promotes people in the blockchain industry and working in other technologies that promote sustainability.[19] alt=Jason Fernandes conferred with Karmaveer Chakra Award Jason Fernandes conferred with Karmaveer Chakra Award

Awards and accolades

Fernandes was awarded the 2018 Seaside Startup Summit Award, [email protected] Award, the First National Technopreneurship Competition Award (Singapore), Sybase's "Best Business Plan" award at the Stanford University, California Global Entrepreneurs Challenge, the 1999 Childnet International Award (UK), and was featured on Rediff.com "Achiever Track" in 2000.

In 2015, for his work entitled Moore’s Law and Evolution: How non biological evolution made Charles Darwin irrelevant, he received the Asian Scientist Writing Prize[20], which focused on how non-biological evolution and the age of the cyborg have far outpaced evolution. He also holds a Network DVR patent. He was awarded the Karmaveer Chakra Award[21] [22][23]in 2019.

References

  1. digitalfamilygoa (2015-02-19). "If Goa ranks 3rd in E-readiness I'd hate to see the other states – Jason Fernandes". digITal Family. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  2. Ventures, eChai (2017-07-19). "SmartKlock - Reinventing the Clock!". eChai. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  3. "Reaching out to the world from Goa | Business Goa". Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  4. "Blockchain, made in Goa". The Goan EveryDay. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  5. "Taking Control of your digital life | Jason Fernandes | TEDxPanaji - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  6. "FGE 15 | Entrepreneurs make the world a better place – Jason Fernandes, Founder, SmartKlock Inc". Castbox. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  7. "BBC News | SOUTH ASIA | Net triumph for dyslexic boy". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  8. "INDIA: BOMBAY: WEBSITE ON DYSLEXIA - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  9. "SmartKlock expects to raise another $350,000: Fernandes". oHeraldo. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  10. Sep 11, Newton Sequeira / TNN /; 2015; Ist, 19:48. "Goa's start-up entrepreneur looks for crowd funding from Kickstarter for a smart clock | Goa News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  11. "Take IT to villages; get Goan youngsters back to Goa (By: GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI)". Goa News. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  12. "Questioning the power of percentage". The Goan EveryDay. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  13. Desk, N. T. (2017-01-23). "The Speakers of TEDx-Panaji". The Navhind Times. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  14. "Blockchain: New kid on the tech block". oHeraldo. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  15. Times, Navhind (2018-09-30). "PCCE students exposed to block chain technology". The Navhind Times. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  16. "AEToken win at Malta Blockchain Summit | Business Goa". Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  17. Goa, Team Digital (2018-11-01). "Company Co-Founded by Goan Entrepreneur Jason Fernandes bags award at Malta Blockchain Summit". Digital Goa. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  18. "'Bigg Leap 2018' Entrepreneurial seminar and Business Idea contest held at PCCE". oHeraldo. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  19. "Clipping of The Goan - The Goan Everyday". epaper.thegoan.net. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  20. Aug 1, Newton Sequeira / TNN / Updated:; 2015; Ist, 06:17. "Goan wins acclaim at Asian Science Writing Prize | Goa News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-01-16.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  21. "Award-winning Goan entrepreneur to launch media channel TokenJay.TV". The Goan EveryDay. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  22. Goa, Team Digital (2019-12-02). "Goa-based Blockchain Entrepreneur Jason Fernandes conferred with Karmaveer Chakra Award". Digital Goa. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  23. "Clipping of The Goan - The Goan Everyday". epaper.thegoan.net. Retrieved 2021-01-16.

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