Jonathan Axelrod is a founder and managing director of ERA. As a technology and media entrepreneur, Jonathan is a veteran of emerging technologies, and is an active entrepreneur, investor and start-up advisor.
Jonathan was Co-Founder and Co-CEO of MusicGremlin a venture-backed startup that was sold in 2008 to SanDisk Corporation. MusicGremlin was a pioneer in the delivery of digital media content direct to wireless devices. Its WiFi MP3 player was named one of Time Magazine’s “All Time Top 100 Gadgets.” The company filed numerous patents and was recognized with several innovation awards.
Prior to launching MusicGremlin, Jonathan was Co-Founder and President of Music123, a first-mover musical instrument e-commerce company that became one of the largest musical instrument retailers in the United States. Founded in 1999, Music123 grew from startup to profitable market leader in less than four years; it is now a brand of Guitar Center.
Jonathan started his career as a McKinsey & Company consultant, where he focused on e-commerce initiatives and the financial services industry. Jonathan currently serves on the Board of Overseers of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. In his limited spare time, Jonathan enjoys watching the New York Giants win Super Bowls.
He holds an B.A. in Social Studies magna cum laude from Harvard University.