Don Charlton is the founder and CEO of Jazz, a venture-backed performance recruiting platform that helps more than 3,000 employers optimize how and who they hire. Don blended his love of fine art with software engineering by earning a BFA in Design from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1999. Over a decade, he established himself as an award-winning interactive designer, software engineer and motivational public speaker. In 2009, Don launched Jazz as its sole founder, eventually growing the company into a multi-millon dollar venture and one of the region’s fastest growing businesses. Included in Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of “100 Brilliant Companies,” Jazz has been widely heralded as an innovative, essential product for businesses that need to hire. Every day, thousands of employers trust Jazz's innovative approach to hiring, including some of the worlds fastest-growing companies and both 2012 presidential campaigns. Don is dedicated to inspiring young minds from all communities to not just work for great companies, but rather each to build their own great company. Most recently, he was a Regional Finalist for the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Competition, and Business Insider named him as one of the 25 most influential African-Americans in Technology.