Jason once worked in Hollywood designing toys for movies such as a flesh-eating Godzilla, Independence Day alien exoskeletons, Iron Giant with magnetic grip, and a ray gun for Mars Attacks.
Jason Tennenhouse helped start GreyMob, Greyhouse Coffee & Supply co., and used to be the Director of Campus House. Jason considers himself a designer and business strategist, and strives to apply those skills to make our community and the world a little bit better place.
Earning his academic degrees from Purdue University, Jason studied Industrial Design, Psychology, Business, and Philosophy, and helped pioneer the school’s Entrepreneurial Industrial Design Graduate program. He went on to work for The Indianapolis Children’s Museum, the largest children’s museum in the world, as an exhibit designer where he created several permanent pieces. While moonlighting, Jason went on to start two different product design firms of his own. He also worked for a time at a creative Think Tank in Chicago contributing to concepts for hundreds of new toys. Jason then joined the Research & Development team of a large St. Louis toy company as a leader in concept design.
He developed licensed and original products for both boys and girls in multiple play-patterns across all appreciable sectors in the industry, some selling units in the millions internationally. His work has been part of several design and engineering patents and has been shown in "HOW" and "The Dieline” Magazines. Jason occasionally lectures in the undergraduate and graduate Business programs at Purdue University, the College of Technology, and is a guest instructor and participant in an NSF grant in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. He has also been recruited to be a Fulbright Specialist to India and recently invited to be the lead-off speaker at a TEDx event. Jason also served on the Public Art Team for the City of West Lafayette, helped start MatchBOX Coworking Studio, and is a founding Board Member of LafayetTECH co-working hub. Jason has helped start dozens of nonprofit initiatives supporting things like local arts and music, literacy, hunger relief locally and abroad, international fair trade, access to clean drinking water, and medical work in the developing world. He has served as relief worker in Mexico and Rwanda, Africa. Jason has written a book on philosophy and is working on a second. Jason played collegiate lacrosse, holds his Advanced SCUBA diving certification, has been an NCAA EMT, a volunteer firefighter, a HAZMAT Technician, and is a Department of Homeland Security Incident Commander. He and his wife also renovated their 130 year-old house, which then earned recognition as a Historic Wabash Valley Trust Home. Jason and his wife, Diane, are the proud parents of three girls, including twins.