Polis co founded American Information Systems, AIS, INC while still in college. AIS was an internet access provider and was sold in 1998. In 1996, he co-founded a free electronic greeting card website, Bluemountain.com, which was sold to Excite@Home in 1999 for $430 million in stock and $350 million in cash.
In February 1998 Polis founded ProFlowers, an online florist, in La Jolla, CA. In December of that year, economist Dr. Arthur Laffer began advising Polis and joined ProFlowers as a Director. ProFlowers later renamed Provide Commerce INC went public on the NASDAQ as PRVD on December 17 2003. In 2005, Provide Commerce was acquired by media conglomerate Liberty Media Corporation for $477 million.
Jared Polis was born on May 12, 1975. A Democrat, Polis is the Member of the United States House of Representatives for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District serving since 2009. He is a former member of the Colorado State Board of Education. Polis is also openly homosexual, a radical liberal and a proud member of the Progressive Caucus in Congress.
In 2008 Polis won a heavily contested Democratic primary election and went on to win the general election on November 4 2008, winning 62% of the vote to succeed Mark Udall. In 2010 Polis won 57 percent of the popular vote to win re election. In 2012 Polis ran uncontested in the Democratic primary and won a third election to Congress with 55 percent of the popular vote.
Polis attended La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego, CA and later received a Bachelor of Arts in politics from Princeton University.
Polis and his homosexual partner Marlon Reis have adopted two children. He is a member of the Jewish faith and resides in Boulder, CO.