Jason Hope of Scottsdale, Arizona is an investor, entrepreneur, futurist, and philanthropist who has always had a love of technology. He was born and raised in Tempe and moved to Scottsdale so that he could attend Arizona State University. He has both a bachelor of science degree from there and also an MBA that he earned at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. For more information read about Jason Hope on Medium
For several years he has also had a passion for helping with anti-aging research. He became a fan of Dr. Aubrey de Grey who operates the SENS Foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Grey is trying to determine by what mechanism people age and how to halt it. The goal isn’t just for people to live longer, though. If the research bears out age-related diseases will be a thing of the past.
In 2010 the Thiel Foundation hosted an event called “Breakthrough Philanthropy”. This event was held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. It was at this event that Jason Hope presented Dr. Grey with a check for $500,000. When giving this check he said that he felt that there needed to be a new biotech industry solely focused on rejuvenation biotechnology. He wanted to help the SENS Foundation progress in their research about age-related diseases. When the night was over Peter Thiel said that he felt the highlight of the evening was when Jason Hope made this financial commitment to defeating the process of aging.
Jason Hope has donated money to a large number of other nonprofits as well. He is very involved in local educational programs, for instance, in the greater Scottsdale area. He has also provided financial support to other child-related organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, The Tony Hawk Foundation, the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Desert Mountain State Chapter, and Teach for America Phoenix. Doing what he can to help educate children and cure diseases is one of the most critical goals of his life.