Jake Nelson

Business Advisor

Santa Cruz SBDC

About Me:

ake is originally from Minnesota. After living and learning to surf in Santa Cruz after High School, Jake returned to Minnesota and opened a large Web Design & Development agency with a focus on eCommerce. His agency served clients globally including brands such as Thomson Reuters, Target & Cirrus Aircraft (among dozens of other startups and small, indy brands).

After selling his company in 2015, Jake moved to Brazil with his wife for a period of time and recently turned stateside. He chose Santa Cruz as his new hometown and a place to lay down roots, build a family, and develop his career in business leadership, technology, and surf.

After initially working as a Shaper’s Assistant at a local surfboard factory, Jake is now putting his experience in technology to good use as an eCommerce Advisor at the Santa Cruz SBDC. He is also working on his own apparel and hardgoods brand inspired by legendary watermen & women of the past.

Expertise: eCommerce