Jack O’Donnell is Founder and CEO of Artistic Fuel. Originally conceived as one-off, brick and mortar gathering place for foodies, musicians and artisans more than twenty years ago Jack’s vision for Artistic Fuel evolved as the age of internet and mobile applications became mainstream, facilitating the establishment of a global artistic community and creative network connected digitally.
A restauranteur and real estate entrepreneur, Jack has created, managed, grown and exited a number of small and medium sized businesses. Throughout his life at “work” he always dreamed of being able to pursue his passions for the arts – especially music and theater. In talking with many of his peers, he realized a common refrain. If I didn’t have to work, I’d love to spend my time doing “X” – oftentimes “X” was something artistic – painting, poetry, sculpture, music, dancing, photography, et al.
In addition Jack’s insight was that many such individuals were peppered throughout every town, every state, every province and every country, yet couldn’t seem to connect. Despite a plethora of social media platforms in existence claiming to connect people of similar interests – business, family, friends, dating – there seemed to be something missing. The Arts.
How can all of these people have a passion for the arts, while desiring to connect with other like-minded folks in their neighborhood or city, yet can’t find a simple, intuitive means to do so? Enter Artistic Fuel.
With this vision Jack launched the current iteration of Artistic Fuel with the aim of bridging his love of people and love of the arts together to forge a thriving community of people fueled by a love the arts and who do it for the love.