Jay Moody

Jay led the innovation programs of publicly traded companies for many years, and is now working to bring innovation and entrepreneurship skills to Boston-area youth. In 2000, after a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT in the Research Lab of Electronics, he helped launch a web-based startup called Vistaprint, which grew to 3,000 employees and $2B market capitalization within 10 years. At Vistaprint, Jay led the New Products Group, and then conceived and directed Vistaprint’s Innovation Program. In 2011, Jay joined Intuit (maker of TurboTax, QuickBooks, etc.) as Innovation Leader, where he directed a program to help employees launch new lines of business for the company. Jay is now applying innovation strategies developed in corporate environments to solve problems outside of the corporate world. He has taught innovation and entrepreneurship to middle and high school students in various programs around Boston (Citizen Schools, The Possible Project, Youth CITIES, Wayland High School) and is particularly interested in bringing entrepreneurial skills to underserved youth. Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, a master’s in Japanese Language Pedagogy, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science. He lives with his wife and three basketball-loving boys in Wayland, MA.