John is a serial entrepreneur and experienced executive - founding or co-founding half a dozen companies in the past 20 years. John has raised over $50 million in capital during the course of his career, and his shareholders have realized over $500MM in exit value (1x-20x returns to shareholders depending on round they invested in). John’s experience spans both technology and consumer product companies, and his focus has been on launching, financing, building, and managing companies that capitalize on major market opportunities.
He holds a BA from Northwestern, an MBA from Kellogg, and graduated cum laude with a JD from Northwestern Law School. In prior lives he worked for Skadden Arps, and was the youngest Director at Bell Atlantic (now Verizon). In his spare time he enjoy tennis, golf, skiing, and biking with his family.
Specialties: new products, open innovation, consumer products, venture capital, strategy, email, marketing, intellectual property, patents, inventions