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Jon Carder

Chief Executive OfficerFounder

MojoPages

9645 Scranton Rd. Ste., 110
San DiegoCA92121

Jon Carder created Mojo Pages in 2007 with the intent of becoming the new Yellow Pages. That plan, he admits, hasn't exactly worked.

Carder's theory on business is "fail fast." If something isn't working, change it as quickly as possible. That's what he's tried to do with Mojo Pages.

The company began as a business listings site that contained user reviews. It jumped into a market already dominated by companies like Yelp and City Search, and had trouble competing. So now, Mojo Pages had shifted gears, and is partnering with existing media companies like television and radio stations for cross promotion. Its also creating a series of awards that Carder hopes will be recognized as "the Oscars" of business honors.

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It's hard to write about Mojo Pages founder Jon Carder without bringing up his age. After all, there are plenty of serial entrepreneurs in San Diego and a lot of them have made millions, but few of them did it before reaching their 30th birthday.

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Jon Carder created Mojo Pages in 2007 with the intent of becoming the new Yellow Pages. That plan, he admits, hasn't exactly worked.

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George Chamberlin's Money in the Morning

The up and down of the stock market continues. After gaining 208 points Monday, the Dow industrials fell 85 points yesterday. The focus, at least for the time being, has shifted away from global economic concerns to quarterly earnings reports from U.S. companies.

Candace Friedman, Acme Safety and Supply

Whenever you drive past an orange cone or a detour sign in San Diego, they're very likely the pride and joy of Candace Friedman, who has been providing safety products from her National City company, Acme Safety and Supply, since 1999.

Patricia Trauth, AECOM

As a young girl growing up in Cincinnati, Patricia Trauth developed a deep appreciation of art from her mother, and nature from her maternal grandfather. Today, as principal landscape architect in the San Diego office of AECOM, a global interdisciplinary architecture, engineering and construction firm, she uses her artistic skills by designing public spaces with natural elements for the betterment of the public.

Susan Couch, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Susan Couch, senior vice president and senior client manager for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, is responsible for developing and maintaining business relationships in San Diego, focusing on companies with revenues from $5 million to $50 million.

Patricia Prado Olmos, California State University San Marcos

As the youngest of five children growing up in a traditional Latino home in El Monte, Calif., Patricia Prado-Olmos was raised in a supportive and nurturing environment and taught the value of a good education. Throughout her career as an educator and in her current position as vice president of the Division of Community Engagement for California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), she has helped create a similar supportive and nurturing environment for students and the conditions to help them succeed in their educational endeavors.

Jolanta Campion, DTZ

"It happened by surprise," said Jolanta Campion, director of research for DTZ, upon discussing the inception of her career in commercial real estate. "Up until that moment, I didn't know anything about commercial real estate."

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