Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Hi, I’m Jamie Tedford. Bootstrappy and scrappy entrepreneur.
I was a Political Science major at the University of New Hampshire so upon graduation, I applied my talents and savings to returning constituent mail and surfing the free food happy hour circuit on Capitol Hill. Finding myself disenchanted with the two party system and mainstream candidates for the 1992 Presidential Elections, I answered a Meet the Press shout out from a straight talking, chart drawing Texas billionaire, organized 200 volunteers and got candidate H. Ross Perot on the ballot in the District of Columbia in 24 hours. I became an early Perot staffer and so began my love/hate relationship with policy, personalities and politics.
Seeking refuge from the DC’s swampy environs and the echoing words of Admiral Stockdale “who am I, why am I here?” I moved back to Boston where I quickly got swept up in the “dot-com bubble” and it was glorious. A group of us 20-somethings built college loyalty startup Student Advantage to a $1Billion valuation and a high flying IPO. Then a funny thing happened while waiting out the lockup of my fortunes, the bubble burst and I was broke again. Easy come…
Again looking for safe harbor, I joined Arnold Worldwide to make ads for some great brands like VW, Jack Daniels, and Ocean Spray. The irony in spending seven years here was that I didn’t really believe ads, at least the kind we were making, actually worked. There had to be a better, more honest and transparent way to influence people’s decisions, right? With visions of scaling water-cooler conversations, I became a founding board member of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association. I couldn’t have known then that word of mouth marketing would be my gateway drug to a full social media addiction served up just across the river in Cambridge at a new startup called The Facebook.
Co-Founder, Chief Commercial Officer
At my core I would like to think that I am a mission driven person who chooses opportunities where I can “do well by doing good,” by my community, my country and my family. This is Booster.
I set off after graduating from Hamilton College in 1994 with a desire to make a difference and saw politics as a means to do so, with my first job after college as a staff member on a Governor’s campaign in my home state of Massachusetts. The experience was invigorating, inspiring and eye opening. I worked tirelessly including two jobs initially to pay Boston rent (my parents graciously paid for my student loans in the meantime…), and realized my mission of gaining invaluable campaign experience, but not an ongoing job in politics or government (campaigns end after the election and my candidate lost). My mission driven ethos continued as I joined the Clinton-Gore 1996 re-election campaign where I worked in five states over twelve months. Upon re-election I moved to Washington DC to work for their administration at the Department of Defense working on the highly politicized “landmine” issue and then on relations with Japan whom houses the most U.S. military personnel outside of the United States, and some of the most gracious people in the world. These experiences were definitely “beyond my pay grade” (I made very little…) as I represented the government at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, traveled to Japan frequently to meet senior Japanese government officials, and had many incredible and meaningful work and life experiences. I even happened to be in France around the time of Princess Diana’s tragic passing leading to a viewing of the impromptu shrine for her in Paris as I was working on the humanitarian cause she was dedicated to, landmines.
Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer
Mike has spent the last two decades founding, innovating and growing internet and technology media companies. He has been at the forefront of developing numerous industry leading technology platforms to increase marketing effectiveness and measurement by identifying, designing, and implementing innovative products and services.
Mike was formerly a founding partner and CTO of Brand Networks where he primarily focused on growth through new product development, engineering services, and technology partnerships.
Brand Networks was responsible for delivering social advertising and content for half of the Fortune 100 and 17 of Ad Age’s 25 Most Advertised Brands. Mike was a Founding member of the team and helped grow the company to $45M+ in revenue, employing 250 full-time employees across 10 offices. Mike and his partner, Jamie Tedford, sold a minority stake to AEA Investors in 2013 at a $170M enterprise value.