John has successfully founded, built, scaled, and sold industry-leading technology companies. Past companies he founded include FirstBest, a leading insurance software company that was acquired by Guidewire, and The Theory Center, a leader in Java-based internet-application software company acquired by BEA Systems (now Oracle). Prior to FirstBest, John was senior director of business development and strategic planning for BEA’s Ecommerce Applications Division. John was previously lead architect for Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group, where he was responsible for the industry’s first implementation of network quality-of-service technology for personal computers. John is an investor and senior advisor to a number of start-ups companies in the US, is a member of NY Angels, and serves on the board of trustees of Harlem Academy and the board of directors of Metabiota. John has a BS and MS in Computer Science from Cornell University.