Jack Vero is a Canadian-American technology and media entrepreneur, early Bitcoin investor, founder of Enterprise Sound Inc. and, and writer-director of the movie Cherries and Clover (2013).

Born January 30th, 1989 in Toronto, Canada Vero studied Writing at York University before dropping out to move to Los Angeles, California in 2010 to work in the film and tech industries before recently relocating to Nashville, Tennessee and Moscow, Russia where he is researching his next project.


*Some names and dates have been modified or omitted to prevent identity theft

In reflecting about my life, family history, and the larger story of humanity, the idea of lineage has emerged as an important theme and the assumption of individuality that has so far subconsciously framed my sense of identity has broadened to incorporate the forgotten contributions of history which - in our breakneck race forward - can be so easily lost in time. I no longer think of my life purely as a detached incident but rather as an extension of a branch stretching far into the past and carrying with it remnants of all that occurred before. What follows is only a rough estimation of what might've happened, based on fragmented recollections of my family, which I've tried to filter out and piece together to gain some understanding of how I got here.

Paternal Family History

Italy, in the early 1900s, was a nation where Catholicism was not just the only religion, but the center of culture, knowledge and power. Unlike Protestantism, the other largest variant of Christianity from Northern Europe, Catholicism demanded a place for the State/Church between the relationship of God and Man, and outlawed hearing the scripture in any language but Latin - which none but the Priests spoke - rather than a language the commoners could actually understand. Three hundred miles south of the Vatican - then one of the most powerful centers on Earth - there is a 9000 year old town called Matera - one of the oldest towns in the world - where my great grandfather, Bellisario, owned an olive farm. Almost nothing else is known about him - except that he caused an uproar when he was the first to convert his family to Protestantism.

One of Bellisario's sons, my grandfather, Emmanuel, was born in 1921 to a life of working on the family farm until he was conscripted at age 19 to fight in WWII as a sergeant of the Italian army. Tragically, while he was stationed in Germany, Italy changed allegiance from fighting alongside the Germans to against them, and Emmanuel and his men found themselves suddenly behind enemy lines where they were captured and imprisoned. Trapped in a cell at the peak of his youth for serving his country, Emanuel survived only on potato skins and thoughts of Bruna, the poor girl that worked on his family's farm and was waiting for him back in Italy. Two years later, he was released and returned to Italy where he quickly married Bruna and had two children with her before they all immigrated to Toronto, Canada where they had two more children, one of which would be my father, Vincenzo - or Jim - as he came to be known.

Maternal Family History

Autumn 1943, my great grandmother, Pia Cooper, then a fair unwed Yugoslavian house maid to the British aristocracy found herself pregnant but abandoned once again with her second daughter, Marina, who would be born in June 1944 in Rome, Italy. Poor and fatherless, Marina followed in her mother's footsteps, working as a house maid in England where she met her future husband, Abdu Wahab, a stately Turkish-Egyptian air traffic controller. They wed and had their only child, Nadia (aka Lara), in London in August 1962.

At age eight, Lara and her parents moved to Toronto, Canada where she would later study Economics at York University. While still a student but working at Bank of Nova Scotia, Lara would meet her future husband, Jim, the funny coworker who was also a York alumni, who studied at its prestigious Schulich School of Business. They married in May 1984 and bought a house in Maple, a suburb just north of the city where I would be born five years later.


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