Episode 90 | Wiretap


From Jersey to Ohio, from deciphering Taliban messages out of his dorm room in college to turning down an offer directly from Mark Zuckerberg, and from Nationwide to now founding his own company, Wiretap, Jeff Schumann is an interesting individual. Not to mention, he’s extremely intelligent and passionate about making a difference in the world.

In this episode, we cover Jeff’s childhood, his path to entrepreneurship, his time climbing the ladder at Nationwide, how he landed an offer to work at Facebook directly from Mark Zuckerberg, and all that him and his team have going on at his most recent company, Wiretap!


(00:00:00) Jeff Schumann
(00:00:25) We’d be ever so grateful if you liked, subscribed, and shared Conquering Columbus!
(00:00:42) The SunDown Group
(00:01:05) Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
(00:01:40) Do you want to sponsor Conquering Columbus?
(00:01:56) Conquering Columbus Intro
(00:02:50) Introduction to Jeff Schumann & Wiretap
(00:03:30) A typical day in the life right now
(00:04:10) Jeff’s childhood and background
(00:06:50) Why Ohio State and why study Management Information Systems?
(00:11:20) Life post-college and Jeff’s first company/companies, Tracking Terrorism
(00:16:00) The “dark web”
(00:17:50) Landing a job at Nationwide while at a bar, competing agains Harvard and M.I.T.
(00:21:55) Ending the career at Nationwide & meeting Mark Zuckerberg
(00:25:55) Turning down a direct offer from Mark Zuckerberg & equity in Facebook to take his own path with Wiretap
(00:26:55) Wiretap, background and mission
(00:34:30) Wiretap, current state
(00:36:30) Learning how to monetize the product
(00:38:30) Get them to love the product
(00:40:00) Scaling the company & growth challenges
(00:43:25) The goals for the future of Wiretap
(00:44:37) Live Uncomfortably
(00:46:35) If you enjoyed the episode, we’d be ever so grateful if you liked, subscribed, and shared!
(00:46:58) The SunDown Group
(00:47:20) Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
(00:47:51) Conquering Columbus Outro


Jeff Schumann
Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
The SunDown Group
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