Shaul Jolles

Entrepreneur & Real Estate Developer, OfficePort KC

With a personal desire and eye for design and innovation, Shaul has focused his entrepreneurial energy into the emerging technology industry by founding various innovative startups and startup incubators around the U.S. Initiating efforts include being co-founder of OfficePort, a co-working business center with two locations in Kansas City and one in Chicago. His efforts of championing entrepreneurship are covered in various national media outlets, and he has received national awards for his unique concepts.

Shaul has had the honor of presenting at many entrepreneurship forums, including a 2012 entrepreneurship focused White House event. A dynamic and charismatic leader, Shaul is the type of person who is a relentless driver and gets things done through solid leadership and hard work. He holds a Masters degree in Finance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and is the proud father of four sons.

Shaul has spent the last two years intently focused on Dot Registry, LLC; a sole corporate identifier gTLD community applicant, dedicated to protecting the US Business Community.

What makes Kansas City a great place for creativity and innovation?
Kansas City is unique because it has a perfect balance of big city amenities and small town heart. I am obviously not a native Kansas Citian, and I chose to make my home here because of an energy that I believe cannot be duplicated. I believe that Kansas City rises to the occasion; it seeks change that appeals to residents, it embraces art and culture, and it reinvents itself while utilizing the historic architecture and natural landscape. Kansas City does not discard it; it uses it as a foundation for growth.

When and where are you happiest?
I LOVE to travel. I am absolutely at my best seeing new places.

What is your favorite place in Kansas City?
OfficePort

Where's your favorite place outside of Kansas City?  
Georgetown. My oldest son was born there, and I have a lot of great memories of the time my wife and I spent there with him.

What's your most treasured personal possession?
My phone. I wish it wasn't, but it is almost an extra arm.

Who's your favorite fictional hero?
I don't have fictional heroes … fictional and hero should never be used in the same sentence.

Who do you most admire in real life?
My Dad. He is remarkable.

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