Jennifer Lawton is a respected company builder, technologist, and advocate for mentoring entrepreneurs. In 1991, Lawton cofounded Net Daemons Associates (NDA), an information technology consulting firm. With Lawton as CEO, NDA's growth was fast enough to earn it a place on the 1998 Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held U.S. companies. NDA also was named to the Deloitte and Touche Fast 50 and Fast 500 lists for 1997 and 1998.In 1999, Net Daemons was acquired by Interliant Inc. (formerly Sage Networks), an application service provider. Lawton serves as senior vice president of consulting and technology atInterliant.
In addition to her own entrepreneurial endeavors, Lawton is devoted to helping other entrepreneurs realize their potential. She serves on the international board of the Young Entrepreneurs' Organization (YEO) and is also YEO's vice president of technology. Lawton also serves on the advisory board for several fast-growth companies, as well as the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating social change through entrepreneurial activity. Lawton contributes a monthly column for the Kauffman-backed e-zine for entrepreneurs, Entreworld. She also is active in a variety of community programs, including the MIT Summer Technology Institute, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's Blue Ribbon Commission Steering Committee on Technology, and the Massachusetts Department of Education's Youth Tech Entrepreneur program.
Before founding a successful company, Lawton's technology background included managing the construction of a bicoastal computer network and writing code for an airborne radar system. She holds a B.S. degree in applied mathematics from Union College.