By an Artist, For Artists


Mission

The mission of Iristotle is to give artists a technically sound and easy to maintain web platform to present their portfolios and resumes, and connect with each other and their audiences to create community. Iristotle will make it easier to search for and find artists by specialty, location and other specific characteristics.

Inception

The Iristotle story began when I was looking to shift my career from Software Architecture to something more artistic, specifically filmmaking. I was curious about whether I could make an offering beneficial to that industry as I joined it. One evening, I sat down to write a business plan for a TV series I would like to produce. Somehow, instead of writing about the TV show, the idea for Iristotle was born. Iristotle is my offering, not just to the film industry, but to all artists. Iristotle will empower artists to control the presentation of their work and easily connect with each other, venues, and their audience.

Name

I wanted to name the platform Iris after the Greek goddess of communication. Of course, that name was already taken. A brainstorm session with a close friend yielded the name Iristotle, the combination of Iris and the Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle.

Who Am I?

My name is Jan Jones. I am a Software Architect, an artist, and the founder of Iristotle. Primarily, I have worked as a Software Architect in the financial industry in NYC.

The first things that I knew I loved in life were math and dancing. It wasn’t long before I found science and added that to the list. I also like visual art and have dabbled in many forms over time. When it came time for me to decide what to study in college, I chose science and math. I wanted to get some answers about the nature of creation and consciousness. I ended up with better questions and an Electrical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech. I intended to use my degree to become a technical director for stage and film. After graduating, I came to NYC to study dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in their professional dance school. After Ailey, to feed my fascination with dance, I started my software career by coding for quants on the NYC Equity Derivatives trading floor of CIBC. Math, science, and engineering are the foundation of my career. Dance is the foundation of my life.

After Ailey, I intended to get a master’s degree in filmmaking from NYU. When that moment came, I didn’t know what my stories were and the tuition was expensive. It didn’t seem practical. Now, I do know my stories and how to tell them. Iristotle is an unexpected part of that picture.

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