Jon Kaplan

Class of 2022-2023

University of Notre Dame, 2021
Industrial Design Major

Why did you choose ESTEEM? 

In my undergraduate studies I gained a rudimentary toolbox of design research and business skills from degrees in Industrial Design and Business Economics. In choosing ESTEEM, I want to upgrade my toolbox from simple tools such as a screwdriver and hammer to a power drill and nail gun.

What is your Capstone Project and why are you excited about it? 

I am working with Inveniam to re-envision the ecosystem of banking in the context of raising liquidity for small businesses using blockchain technology. In particular, Inveniam is a SasS [Software as a Service] company providing data integrity and price discovery services for low-frequency trading assets, using big data, artificial intelligence, and distributed ledger technology.

My capstone project focuses directly on launching a new business unit specializing in small businesses, with a core product offering of VaaS [Valuation as a Service]. This includes the uploading of the asset’s verification and performance documentation to the Inveniam platform, which anchors the data to the blockchain. This allows the asset owner to pursue tokenization and potential listing on an alternative trading system, creating an option

What do you hope to do after ESTEEM? 

In the next few years my goal is to obtain a job within an innovation consulting firm such as Doblin; while pursuing philanthropic work pertaining to mental and physical health.

What do you like to do in your free time? 

I run for 12 hours at a time... for fun.

I wrote my undergraduate essay for Notre Dame about having a third thumb when I was born and what abilities I lost after it was removed.