Last updated: 2023-05
Hey, I'm Jared Scheib. 🍍✨
I host hi-EQ community events for brave expression, mental health, & emotion AI in NYC.
I'm a founder, event producer & artist, film & theater director, and software engineer.
I'm from Texas, lived a spell in California, was a nomadic artist-entrepreneur for a while, and now call New York City home.
I'm a graduate of USC film school. I also studied neuroscience as an inaugural member of the Brain & Creativity Institute.
In 2020, I founded Pineapple AF, a ridiculously serious events & technology startup rooted in mental health support. 🍍✨
Our mission is to create tools for people to have healthy relationships.
As of 2023, we produce mental health-positive events for building community & skills around emotional & relational intelligence.
This includes the hit meetup Emotion AI, a community forum about emotional intelligence, artificial & organic, as well as The Big Pineapple, a support group for survivors of Complex PTSD.
During the pandemic, we built Pineapple, an anti social media app for human connection & conversation that facilitates authentic expression in small groups.
In late 2019, Pineapple AF started by producing pineapple restaurant pop-ups in NYC & LA.
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closing out two bangin' In Pineapple We Trust pineapple-in-your-mouth pop-ups the only way we know that makes sense anymore.. #pineappleaf #🍍 #InPineappleWeTrust ~ much love and gratitude to everyone who pineappled hard, crew and guests -- 70 total mouths to feed glory to, sold out one and nearly the other! 🙏🏼🍍✨🤙🏼❤️ more photos & video to come!
From 2020 to 2022, I also founded, designed, produced, & shut down Bizmuth, a furniture collection of beautiful solid wood tables, case goods, and accessories that embody stories of transformation, inspired by the metal crystal bismuth, which I've loved since I was a kid.
I've mentored software engineers & product managers. I've advised startups & small businesses.
Before Pineapple AF, I helped build growth technology startups as a software engineer, product manager, and many-hat-wearer. Two were VC-backed Y-Combinator companies, Paperspace and InfluxData. At InfluxData I built a cloud DevOps platform for observability, i.e. cloud software infrastructure to monitor & keep up systems by capturing, visualizing, & analyzing real-time & historical time series data. At Paperspace I built a general-purpose cloud Artificial Intelligence platform for teams & individuals to build, train, & collaborate on machine learning & deep learning models. Both of these products are technical tools used by other software engineers & AI/ML/DL engineers.
Prior to events & tech, I was an artist-entrepreneur in film, theater, & fine art. One of the movies I directed, produced, edited, & distributed is The Mayor, a 70-min documentary about old people living life to the fullest in a retirement community in Texas, especially focusing on an 88-year-old tailchaser back on the dating scene.
I also directed & dramaturged plays for the stage. Two of my theater works are Doodu Boy & Wrestles with Machista. Both are one-person, autobiographical plays – hilarious & dramatic stories of personal transformation & growth – performed by the person whose story it is, & woven from the fabric of their lives, like personal documentaries on stage.
In addition to film & theater, I co-founded & ran Cecelia Webber Art, where I championed Cecelia's artwork by making it accessible online, believing in its appeal. It went viral, and I managed, sold, & distributed her visual fine art around the world. Check out Cecelia's beautiful art about humanity's intimate connection to nature.
As a consultant & advisor, among other ventures I helped my parents start & grow their Texas cookie company, Eileen's Pralines – ask for the pineapple one! 🍍
I'd love to hear from you. What moves you? What's alive in you? What inspires you? Pineapple me about it! 🍍🤙🏼✨
You can find more about me & watch some of my short films below.