Jay Bhatti

Jay Bhatti


"Recipe For Geo Based Innovation"

Why can’t other cities copy what Silicon Valley does well? What is needed in order to make NJ and any other regions successful in building a sustainable tech / innovation industry.


Jay is a partner at BrandProject and a personal early stage seed investor in New Jersey affiliated startups. Jay has over 20 years of experience building and managing Internet businesses and brings broad consumer and tech expertise to BrandProject.

Jay has built and invested in startups in all major tech hubs of the US (Seattle, SF, NY). Previously, Jay was the co-founder of spock.com, the world’s leading people search engine. In 6 short months after launch, it became one of the top 1000 sites on the Internet and was covered by publications including The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Forbes, Newsweek, ABC News, NBC, and the Financial Times. Spock was sold in May of 2009 at which time it was generating over 50 million monthly searches.

Jay has an MBA from the Wharton School and an Engineering Degree with highest honors from Rutgers University.