Jacob is the principal and co-founder of Chess Media Group, a management consulting and strategic advisory firm on the future of work and collaboration. With offices in the Bay Area and Vancouver, Canada, Jacob and his team work with some of the world’s largest and forward thinking companies on future of work and collaboration initiatives. Clients include companies such as Safeway, Sodexo, Lenovo, Franklin Templeton Investments, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and Sprint. Jacob is also the author of the Amazon best-selling book, The Collaborative Organization which was published by McGraw Hill in late 2012. The Collaborative Organization is the first and only comprehensive strategy guide on emergent collaboration in the workplace and has been endorsed by global leaders such as the CIO of the United States of America, CEO of Unisys, CMO of Dell, Chair of the MIT Sloan Management Review, CMO of SAP, CIO of ManpowerGroup, the founder of Craigslist, and many others.
Jacob also co-wrote Twittfaced in 2009 which is a social media 101 guide for business. Currently he has a column for Forbes where he covers the future of work and collaboration and runs the popular blog TheFutureWorkplace.com. Jacob has been featured in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, INC Magazine, USA Today, Fast Company, CIO.com, Information Week, Mashable, and many others.
Jacob keynotes conferences and events around the world. Being a millennial allows Jacob to bring in a unique perspective to his speaking and client engagements which is not bogged down by a legacy mentality. As a result he brings fresh ideas, unique content, and an educational and entertaining speaking style to all of his events. When Jacob isn’t working he enjoys to play racquetball, tennis, and spend time with his fiancee Blake and their dog Athena.