Neil Jacobson ’99 operates on the premise that a straight line is not always the best way to get from point A to point B. The new head of Geffen Records also lives by the mantra "Make it happen,” learned from Interscope Records cofounder Jimmy Iovine. Since he decided at 15 that he wanted a career as an executive at a record label, Jacobson has taken a path with some colorful side routes. One—a stint as a carpet salesman—appeared to be far off the beaten path but ultimately yielded valuable experience. Through talent, hard work, and grit, Jacobson made enough things happen to reach the executive perch at Geffen in December of 2016.
Read Jacobson's full profile in the Summer 2017 issue of Berklee Today.