Hello. I'm Jeff Barson.
Things I do:
Create things that didn't exist before. Improve things that did.
Drink coffee in the morning. Diet Coke in the afternoon.
Try to find fixes for healthcare, education, and government as Head Honcho of HireVue Labs.
Change behavioral and mental health through Clevermind IO.
Try to do things that are both interesting and have value.
Some things I've done:
Read the Lord of the Rings about 40 times.
Got in a fight with a drunk intruder in my back yard on the 4th of July.
Backpacked a 40 pound raft up to Henrys Fork Lake (at the base of Kings Peak).
Rollerbladed (or ran) the Central Park Loop a few hundred times.
Was part of a team that built and flew an experiment on seed germination in zero gravity.
(It was the first high school experiment to fly on the Space Shuttle. Challenger -STS 11)
Saw guns pulled in NY five times. Made one citizens arrest.
Beat Donald Trump at volleyball. Twice.
Made some really good life-long friends.
Trained a few hundred dogs to pay for (some) college.
Had dinner with 600 women (and husbands) who were all dressed up as Scarlett O'hara.
Made a friend of a leopard seal 70 feet down in the Sea of Cortez.
Learned a little Shorinji Kempo and a lot about dealing with bruises.
Started a few companies. Some of them actually worked.
Ran the NYC Marathon dressed as a single straight male.
Spent countless hours roaming the Met.
Saved a few polar bears and arctic foxes after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Relentlessly bragged about my wife and daughter.
Born Logan. Schooled in England. High school, back in Utah again. Majored in Art after pre-Med at USU. Two years Boston. Ten years Manhattan. Fifteen years in Park City. Now in Heber.
For ten years I was a painter in Manhattan. I spent my time painting for clients that included New York City Opera, Ballentine, Coca-Cola, yada-yada-yada times 30. And since, through numerous misadventures, I garner myself at least a little of a reputation, I was commissioned to paint portraits of Princess Diana as well as Vivien Leigh for the 60th anniversary of the release of Gone With The Wind.
I’ve been fortunate to have a few hobbies. Managing Director of the Russian-American Society for the Protection of Animals (An international non-profit 501c charity) based in New York City that gave me the opportunity to help save some polar bears and arctic foxes. I scared a whole lot of university students as I bounced around teaching, lecturing and tearing up their work. After retiring to Park City (a few East Coast summers of 98 degrees and 98% humidity will do that to you) I put my art career on hold and changed direction.
After moving to Park City I started a publishing company (closed), a funky furniture company (failed), and learned some valuable lessons before starting Surface Medical, a chain of cosmetic medical clinics that grew to seven clinics in four states.
After exiting Surface I started a number of physician communities, founded Nimble, a tech startup designed built around aggregated sales for local business, and formed an angel group in Park City (since superseded by Park City Angels). I also invested in and joined the team at Sendside building a secure communications platform. For four years I was Head Honcho of HireVue Labs, the R&D startup arm of HireVue.
I'm married to my dazzling gorgeous and headstrong creative director Shelly, and have one daughter Madison.
I’m glad to be living in a house I built in Heber, Utah with my lovely wife Shelly, daughter Madison, dog Jai, cockatoo Loki, and horses; Pharaoh, Maverick, Cakee, and Moon.
If you read this far you're probably my wife or mother. I love you.