Corey Jackson

Corey Jackson

Episode #8 : Transitioning Professional Athletes From Sports to Business

He’s a former NFL athlete. Currently,  the Founder and CEO of Qwerkz, Inc., a LinkedIn Influencer and a corporate speaker.

Qwerkz is a company that takes the most talented athletes in the world and makes them available for companies and brands to create dynamic collaborations, partnerships and meaningful career opportunities.  Simply put, we foster transactional relationships between pro athletes, companies and brands.

What's unique about Qwerkz is that we have an algorithm that helps us determine the best athlete to connect with forward thinking companies or brands.

This helps us provide companies with world class talent that naturally fits into a specific role, position or culture.

As an Influencer and Speaker, he shares tons of insight on entrepreneurship, leadership and winning.

Prior to his official retirement from the NFL in 2008, Jackson formed his own company, Corey Jackson Speaks, which focused on motivational speaking. Jackson provides free daily inspirational messages on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter. Corey also co-founded Stone Lion, a real estate investment trust.

Jackson is currently the CEO of Qwerkz, a social networking platform and database that allows athletes to form professional networks and find business opportunities.

In 1998, at the age of 19, Jackson quit his job at Walmart and bought a one-way Greyhound bus ticket to Ranger Texas. He attended Ranger College from 1998 to 2000 and received an associate degree.

After graduating from Ranger College in 2000, Jackson earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Nevada where he received a degree in speech communications. While at the University of Nevada, Jackson was voted team captain, and finished sixth in the nation in rebounding. Additionally, he was on the WAC all-defensive team and earned the Alpha Male of the Year Award.

In 2003, Jackson signed with the Cleveland Browns as a rookie free agent and participated on the practice squad. In 2004, Jackson signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Browns and was added to the active roster, appearing in one game that season. During the 2004 season, Jackson played in NFL Europe, where he won Defensive MVP of the League. The Cleveland Browns released Jackson in 2005. But, shortly thereafter, he signed a contract with the Denver Broncos where he participated on the Broncos' practice squad. In 2006, he signed a two-year contract with the Denver Broncos. In September 2006, Jackson became injured and eventually was released by the Broncos. Jackson officially retired from the NFL in 2008.

In 2017, Jackson launched Qwerkz, social networking platform and database which aims to help professional athletes and former athletes to develop professional relationships and launch business enterprises. Jackson compared the platform to Linkedin in a 2017 interview with HuffPost. Jackson found that it was often difficult for young athletes to adapt to new careers after their athletic careers were over, and that many lacked the resumes and professional connections to be successful entrepreneurs.

Qwerkz was intended to help athletes build ‘social capital’ and connect with companies. Qwerkz translates athletes' experiences in sports into practical skills sets that help them to become more qualified candidates and connect with companies. The Qwerkz app allows athletes to register with the site and begin networking with businesses and enterprises. Athletes can show off their entrepreneurial plans and accomplishments, and can collaborate with each other on personal projects. The app also allows fans to interact with their favorite athletes, and give feedback on their ideas and enterprises.

In 2019 Qwerkz evolved into an executive recruiting firm specifically for pro athletes. Qwerkz takes athletes' experiences and skills and translates the into a traditional format. Jackson stated that he believes this process will give companies a better understanding of the athletes' value and how they can give their company an advantage in the market.