Today he's the cofounder of Qualtrics, working with his younger brother Ryan Smith, who is founder and CEO.
The company was also founded with their father Dr. Scott Smith, a professor at Brigham Young University.
While younger brother Ryan has always been the flashy, stylish frontman of Qualtrics, Jared was the behind-the-scenes product genius that built the first version of the product (as well as subsequent versions) that brought the company initial success.
He had been working as a successful exec at Google before his brother prodded into joining Qualtrics instead.
He got an internship at word-processing-software maker WordPerfect, which was bought by Novell.
He worked his way up to product manager by age 18.