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Jason Gardner

CEO & Founder
Jason is a serial entrepreneur with a deep love of technology and a decidedly untraditional background. He grew up on the New Jersey shore where he had numerous businesses that included making and selling tie-dyed T-shirts. He was a G.O.at Club Med in Paradise Island, Bahamas and a constituent liaison for Senator John McCain in Arizona, primarily working as a the contact between McCain’s constituents and the Armed Services and IRS. After attending Arizona State University Jason made it to California where he began to pursue his passion for technology.

He held various sales management jobs with some of the Bay Area’s leading technology and consulting companies before founding Vertical Think, a IT management company that worked with start-ups and larger organizations to shorten time to market and increase return on investment (ROI) for information technology projects.

In 2004, he co-founded and served as President of PropertyBridge, which became the leading rent and lease-related payment platform for multifamily real estate. PropertyBridge gave renters multiple options for paying their rent and simplified the handling and reconciliation processes for property managers. MoneyGram International (MGI) acquired PropertyBridge and Jason became a vice president and member of the executive team.

While having dinner in San Francisco, Jason and a friend discussed how to personally manage all their “daily deal” paper coupons. He had an epiphany about how this could be handled with a card that could hold multiple balances and could authorize the right balance for the right merchant when swiped. Marqeta was founded in 2010 as the world’s first fully documented, open API issuer processor platform, built from the ground up with no legacy infrastructure to solve this problem and many more. Today, the Marqeta Platform has been designed and engineered using the best open-source technologies available to bring the most modern of platforms to many of the most well known businesses in the world.

Jason earned his BA in Political Science from Arizona State University.