CEO, Founder of Groundspeak, Inc.
Jeremy Irish is the founder and CEO of (geocaching.com) Groundspeak, Inc., the oldest and largest geocache listing site.
Irish entered the geocaching scene, historically, on Sept. 6, 2000 when his website assumed the (then about 75) cache listings from a previous site maintained by Mike Teague.
In the Daily Local News, Irish, 32, said the game that started with about 75 caches is now popular in a way he didn’t expect, and it continues to attract more players each year.
"We are trying to trick as many people as we can to go outside," joked Irish in that report.
“Irish estimates more than a half-million people regularly play the adventure game in more than 200 countries - from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. He believes geocaching is growing because the rules are simple,” according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
Some estimates put the figure of active Geocachers at 750,000 on his site alone.
In his own words, in a forum post on his website, Irish describes the office of his rapidly growing company as a basement in a residence, with mostly second-hand furniture with a refrigerator and hopes to import a “slush-puppy machine.”
A former east coaster, Jeremy's haunts used to be in and around Maryland and Virginia, according to his Groundspeak profile. After serving time in the US Air Force as a Chinese linguist, he worked as a webmaster for General Electric.
He currently resides in Seattle, Washington with his wife and two beagles, Sophie and Gus.
Irish is not keen on interviews (although geocaching has become a popular topic for media around the world). Explaining in a forum discussion, he said, “I prefer being anonymous. I like going geocaching and running into a geocacher and having them not know who I am.”
He continues, “As much as I would like to be behind the curtain, I grudgingly accept celebrity as one of the requirements for running a popular web site. I definitely don't enjoy it, but I do acknowledge that it is good to have some clout when talking to companies like Garmin and getting features implemented (like cache icons) and geocachers' ideas heard…I definitely like my privacy. After 5 years I have occasionally given personal information away, but I don't actively discuss myself.”
--Sept1c tank 16:31, 23 May 2005 (EDT)