Billy McFarland is the CEO and founder of Magnises, which is currently the fastest growing experiential benefits platform in the world. Magnises was founded in 2014, the company has helped in allowing members to unlock their cities, and currently serve residents of Washington DC, NYC, Chicago and San Francisco.
McFarland has been referred to as a mastermind by Bloomberg, a tech wiz by Business Insider, and a natural entrepreneur by CNBC. McFarland has had a passion for helping to connect industries, communities and people within technology since he was young.
At the age of 12, he began hiding computers in order to teach himself how to code. From here he would go on to found several companies before even leaving high school, this included several that had been acquired. This early experiences would help in underscoring his beliefs in technology working as a social catalyst.
While attending Bunknell University where he studied engineering, he founded the company Spling, a venture-backed ad-tech company during his freshman year. Spling focuses in optimization startup and content sharing with customers that include Discovery, Hearst and Universal.
Magnises was launched in 2013, and was an expression for McFarland’s lifelong passion in connecting ideas and people. The company started simply with a piece of metal and 200 members, after this McFarland along with his team expanded rapidly as they attracted customers and brands.
This startup has now served more than thirty thousand members, and has a community that spans through various industries such as entertainment, tech, fitness and fashion. Along with Magnises, McFarland has founded several other non-profit initiatives that have enforced his philosophy for technology being the key for opportunity.
One of these non-profit initiatives is LEAP, otherwise known as Learning Entrepreneurship Through Active Participation, which helps high schoolers and middle schoolers to pursue business and technology skills at an early age.
Through LEAP, Billy McFarland hopes to spark the same passion in these students that has brought his success today, and that they never have to hide their own keyboards. The Accelerate Foundation has helped professional athletes to transition to corporate workforce by allowing them to connect with mentors within the industry of their choice.
In his early life, McFarland was born in 1991 in New York City, growing up in Short Hill, New Jersey. He has lived his life with an ambition and velocity that has been made evident through his professional, philanthropic and personal endeavors.