Billy McFarland is a leading and very successful tech entrepreneur who grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey, was born in New York City and continues to be ambitious in all aspects of his life. McFarland founded and became the CEO of Magnises in 2014 and it has become the fastest growing company globally. Through Magnises, Billy is currently serving members in the New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington DC areas.
His Accelerate Foundation is helping professional athletes in every sport to get into the workforce by pairing them up with seasoned mentors. With the help of this foundation, they are able to become successful off of the field, gain financial security, and to get connected to jobs.
Magnises is a reflection of McFarland’s passion and perseverance. The company started with only 200 people and a sheet of metal, but with his careful guidance has grown to include over thirty thousand members and continues to reach the tech, fashion, entertainment, and fitness industries.
Billy is known as a “tech wiz” by Business Insider, a “mastermind” by Bloomberg, and a “natural entrepreneur” by CNBC.
His passion and talent for bringing people and communities together through the use of technology began when he was just twelve years old. He used to hide computers in order to teach himself coding and at the age of fourteen he had founded his first company. Before graduating high school he founded and acquired several companies as well.
Billy McFarland studied engineering at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and in his freshman year he founded the ad-tech company, Spling, which is a site that helps its users to improve the appearance of URLs by converting text links into organized graphic, mosiac images on bulliten boards in the virtual world. His customers include but are not limited to Hearst, Universal, and Discovery.
He launched Magnesis in 2013 with a motivation to connect people and ideas. Learning Entrepreneurship Through Active Participation, or LEAP, is helping inquisitive middle and high school students to pursue their careers in technology and business. Through McFarland’s LEAP program young minds learn the fundamentals of business, leadership, teamwork, coding, and entrepreneurship. McFarland wants to nurture the same passion he has in young students so they can earn the same success he has had without having to hide their keyboards or learn a lot of their lessons the hard way.
McFarland has put his creative mind to work and has built an empire of knowledge and skills that allow future entrepreneurs to tap into in order to create something amazing as well.