His book, The PayPal Wars, which chronicles the tumultuous origins of PayPal, won the Writers Notes Book Award, was hailed as "celebrated" by The Economist, and was praised by legendary business author Tom Peters as “the best description of business strategy unfolding in a world changing at warp speed.” It details how Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, Max Levchin, David Sacks, Reid Hoffman, and the rest of the "PayPal Mafia" created the startup that would go on to become the largest fintech company in the world.
A frequent commentator on technology and policy, Jackson has appeared on Bloomberg, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, and he has been quoted in publications ranging from the New York Times to TechCrunch.
Jackson has spoken at conferences around the world, including the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, the Lang Di Fintech Conference in Shanghai, and the inaugural Reboot Conference in San Francisco. He also served as the featured speaker at events hosted by the Cato Institute, the Reason Foundation, the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, and the Catholic University of America.
Jackson graduated with honors from Stanford University, where he was editor-in-chief of The Stanford Review, studied overseas in Moscow, and served as a student representative on the university’s Board of Trustees alongside Condoleezza Rice and Charles Schwab.
Eric M. Jackson lives in Los Angeles with his wife Stacey and their two daughters.