I have a passion for telling stories that haven’t been told before. This is what Unfiltered is about.
Jake Millar is the 23-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Unfiltered, the Founder of the Jake Millar Foundation and a Global Advisory Board Member at DocuSign.
After graduating from Christchurch Boys' High School where he was Head Boy, Jake turned down a $40,000 law scholarship and decided to launch his own startup straight out of high school after being inspired by Richard Branson's autobiography, "Losing My Virginity."
He started his first company OOMPHER at the age of 18 to inspire the next generation of future leaders. Within six months the business was acquired by the New Zealand Government. Jake then weighed up several options before deciding to launch business learning platform Unfiltered in November 2015.
Unfiltered exists to drive fast business learning and democratize the knowledge and wisdom of the world’s most successful leaders. Unfiltered's dream is to inspire business brilliance and be admired as the best business learning platform in the world.
Unfiltered has raised $2.2 million in capital to expand operations into the United States from global investors including Kevin Roberts, The Huljich Family, Sir Eion Edgar, Tim Norton, Jonty Kelt and Adrian Burr.
Jake has interviewed over 350 of the world's most successful leaders including Sir Richard Branson, Four Star General Stanley McChrystal (former Commander U.S. Forces - Afghanistan), Rick Caruso (Founder & CEO, Caruso Affiliated), Ian Wright (Co-Founder, Tesla), Miguel McKelvey (Co-Founder, WeWork), Tina Sharkey (Co-Founder, Brandless) and Don Valentine (Founder, Sequoia Capital).
In addition to his business commitments, Jake is also a passionate philanthropist. In 2018 he served as an Ambassador for Lifeline, and raised $245,500 to fight youth suicide in New Zealand. Jake is also the founder of the Jake Millar Scholarships at Greymouth High School and Grey Main School which he launched to inspire and encourage creativity and entrepreneurship in future generations.
Jake is an Ambassador for BMW (he claims he was a Formula 1 driver in a past life). He is a a born adrenaline junkie and spends his spare time skydiving, bungy jumping, skiing, learning to fly and pushing his limits at the Burning Man festival in Nevada.
In April 2018, Jake was appointed to the DocuSign Advisory Board. In November 2018 Jake was named in Forbes Magazine’s ‘30 Under 30’ North America & Canada.
Jake Millar captivated the audience when he presented to the New Zealand Chartered Accountants's 28 member firms at their Christchurch Conference. His presentation was honest and inspiring. ... keep readingI am confident Jake's success story will be told many times as he continues to make his mark on the world stage. Marshall & Heaphy
Jake Millar is an outstanding young man who is already making his mark on the world and is without a doubt a young New Zealander to watch closely. He has a great story to tell about his progress to date and he tells it in an honest and totally engaging way. Jake presented to 370 Canterbury Business people at Inspire 2016 and was one of the star presenters amongst a stellar offering.
We invited Jake to speak at the prize-giving for people with innovative ideas, which was attended by over 500 people. Jake told a story that was not only relevant to the audience, but also deeply engaging and captivating. He left the audience inspired - many of them said so themselves - and I would highly recommend Jake if you're looking for someone to tell an incredible story about business and entrepreneurship.
Jake came to Yale to talk about his entrepreneurial journey. His talk was like none other. Unlike other speakers in the past, he was our age, and thus his stories were so much more relatable and inspiring. His storytelling was also filled with detail, which made the lessons tangible.