Innovate State with Jeff Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein is an accomplished attorney, entrepreneur, and investor. He grew up in southeast Michigan and headed to the mid-Michigan area to attend Michigan State University, where, in 2004, he received his bachelor’s degree from the Eli Broad College of…

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Jeffrey Epstein is an accomplished attorney, entrepreneur, and investor. He grew up in southeast Michigan and headed to the mid-Michigan area to attend Michigan State University, where, in 2004, he received his bachelor’s degree from the Eli Broad College of Business. From MSU, he went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2007.

Epstein sold his first online business in 2007—a success allowing him to pay back his student loans in full and blazing the path for his next venture, ZFERRAL, INC dba Ambassador Software (“Ambassador”), which, at the time of its creation in 2010, became a leading referral marketing platform used by some of the world’s most recognizable brands.

Epstein and his team grew Ambassador Software to forty-five full-time employees and, in late 2018, the company was acquired by West Corporation.

As a passionate entrepreneur, he has attended and participated in TechStars (NYC 2011), raising several million dollars along the way in VC funding. Although he has made mistakes in his time, Epstein now focuses on capitalizing and learning from them by consulting, investing, and helping other entrepreneurs learn and grow from the mistakes and troubles he has experienced throughout his career.

Find Jeff on LinkedIn.

Every year, Innovate State brings both emerging and accomplished Spartan entrepreneurial alumni back to campus for a fireside chat. In these 60-minute interviews, guests share their perspectives on everything from business to family life; the hard knocks of the hustle to maintaining work/life balance. These are stories of success, stories of failure, and stories of uncommon will—and you do not want to miss them.

Innovate State is hosted and managed by The Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

You can find the full list of Innovate State events here: https://entrepreneurship.msu.edu/innovate-state/

If you are interested in other entrepreneurial events at MSU, please go to the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation’s calendar: https://eship.msu.edu/calendar.

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