Jonas Tempel began his entrepreneurial journey by founding Factory Design Labs, Inc in 1996. Factory started as a boutique design firm and has grown into a full service ad agency serving global clients from their Denver headquarters as well as offices in China and Switzerland. Jonas has served roles including Creative Director, CEO and currently resides as the Chairman of the company focusing on long-term business development and global digital strategy.
In 2003, Jonas joined with friends to create a new venture named Beatport.com. As a long time DJ, award winning graphic designer, branding and marketing executive, Beatport was the perfect consolidation of Jonas’ professional experience. Beatport has grown to become the leading global cultural icon of dance music retail providing a global catalog of content uniquely organized to meet the demands of professional DJs and their fans. During his tenure, Jonas served as founding partner, CEO and Chairman of Beatport from 2003-2010. Beatport was sold in 2013 to SFX for $60 million.
Upon leaving Beatport, Jonas was recruited to Los Angeles where he consulted for 18 months to help design and implement the initial phases of Beats Music, a sub brand of Beats Electronics or better knows as Beats by Dre. Beats Electronics was sold in 2014 to Apple for $3.2 billion.
As well as founding companies, Jonas is also an investor and board member in many exciting ventures in the media and tech spaces. He continues to focus his entrepreneurial spirit on building new businesses and mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs around the world.
Born and raised in Colorado, Jonas has lived as far south as Lamar and as far north as Meeker but ultimately settled in Denver to attend Thomas Jefferson High School. From there, Jonas went on to complete his University studies in 1993 at Colorado State University with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts and an emphasis in graphic design. Currently Jonas lives in Littleton, Colorado with his wife and young daughter.