Business With Passion: Skipping College


Episode theme: People who decided to skip college and instead learn business skills by trial-and-error, rather than by formal instruction.

Jon Gillespie-Brown is a United Kingdom-born entrepreneur, business mentor and author (So You Want To Be An Entrepreneur) who now lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. A lifelong entrepreneur, he has established and grown more than a half dozen businesses, and remains the active CEO of two of those companies Nalpeiron, Inc. (the leader in hosted software licensing solutions that maximize revenue for developers and publishers) and Digital Ventures (a band of entrepreneurs and angel investors that mentors, advises and provides seed investment to emerging companies).

Website: Nalpeiron
Address: 2225 E. Bayshore Road #200 / Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: (888) 800-8818

Neal Gottlieb started Three Twins Ice Cream in 2005 with $75,000 in lieu of returning to business school. The company started with one small shop and has grown rapidly from its humble beginning and now includes 3 stores, a dedicated organic ice cream factory, a farmers’ market business, bulk ice cream for restaurants and cafes and packaged ice cream for supermarkets.

Website: Three Twins Ice Cream
Phone: (415) 577-0144

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