Jody is founder and Senior Managing Partner of Longevity Venture Advisors LLC, where he works with innovative entrepreneurs, venture investors, public companies, and non-profit organizations to successfully leverage business and investment opportunities in the $7.6 trillion Longevity Economy. He is a recognized expert and thought leader, and frequent public speaker and writer on innovation, and products and services of relevance to the aging population, and the opportunities and challenges presented by the demographic wave. In honor of his contributions, he was recently recognized as a Top 50 Influencer in Aging by Next Avenue/NPR. He has over three decades of experience helping companies grow by developing and implementing competitive strategies and achieving their strategic market goals.
Jody was previously AARP’s Senior Vice President of Market Innovation where he conceived and built the first program to spark innovation in the market that benefits people over 50. In this role, he envisioned and developed the concept and market category of the $7.6 trillion Longevity Economy; Created and built the Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch franchise which attracted over 1,000 startup applicants resulting in 35 finalists which raised over $190 million in venture investment; Envisioned and launched the Longevity Network www.longevitynetwork.org with United Healthcare, a destination for entrepreneurs, investors, and industry; Produced the first market reports and revenue forecasts in digital health, caregiving, and FinTech of relevance to older people; and, Built the health-focused research consortium, Project Catalyst, including United Healthcare, Pfizer, Medstar Health and Robert Wood Johnson. Prior to creating the Market Innovation initiative, Jody was SVP of AARP’s Research and Strategic Analysis department, and he created AARP’s first competitive intelligence group.
Jody holds a graduate degree from the University of Chicago. He is a Managing Director of Match Point Partners, a healthcare advisory firm and investment bank, and is on the Strategic Advisory Board of HLM Venture Partners. His work has been published in Venture Capital Review, American Banker, Journal of Business Strategy, Competitive Intelligence Magazine, Competitive Intelligence Anthology, and Making Cents Out of Knowledge Management. His thought leadership and achievements have been recognized in Bloomberg Businessweek, CNBC, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Information Week, Marketplace, NY Times, PBS News Hour, VentureBeat, and other media.