Jared Friedland Founder & CEO
Raised on the Volvo-laden mean streets of Princeton, New Jersey, Catalyst CEO Jared Friedland was a star student in high school and college, a classroom conquistador safely en route to following his forefathers as a gastroenterologist or at least patent attorney (if the whole med school thing didn't pan out), but somewhere along the line he succumbed to Go West, Young Man impulses and moved to Los Angeles to pursue screenwriting. After a stint writing comedy for former Saturday Night Live star and current U.S. senator Al Franken, Jared forsook Tineseltown for the comparatively less glamorous world – actually, let's make that non-glamorous world – of test preparation. He currently oversees all of Catalyst's East and West Coast team and is getting really good at moving money off-shore and slamming his fist on the conference table. When he's not busy being Catalyst's capo di tutti capi, Jared enjoys writing, oil painting, tennis, ping-pong, wine-tasting, and walking his shaggy sheepdogs, Jake and Ramit.
Why He Works For Catalyst
His name's on the LLC's tax documents, so might as well, right?
How The Universe Has Punished Him For Being A Freakishly Good Test-Taker
You know those really smart people who can walk into tests without even studying and get a 100 but ask them to throw a baseball or toss a frisbee and they look like they're having some sort of painful full-body spasm? Well, Jared isn't one of them. He's actually a halfway decent athlete. However, he is terrible - seriously, we mean terrible - at assembling even the simplest furniture from IKEA. Ask his ex-girlfriend about the time he tried putting together an Aspelund nightstand. Not a pretty sight.
Favorite 80s Movie / Favorite 80s Nobel Laureate
War Games / Heinrich Rohrer (Nobel Prize in Physics, 1986)