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Commercial background

John is a serial entrepreneur who has helped to create companies worth several billion dollars. He has extensive experience across many sectors and geographies having spent over five years in each of London, New York and Silicon Valley. His entrepreneurial activities started as co-founder of Seattle Coffee Company (espresso store chain) acquired by Starbucks and founder of Syzygy (e-commerce consulting) floated on the German Stock market. He subsequently founded or co-founded businesses that either went public or were acquired by public companies. He is now an active 'value-added' investor (through his holding company Archimedia) in the technology, real estate and consumer sectors. The current Archimedia portfolio includes Aman Resorts, Geckoboard, Graze, Le Chameau, Made.com, Moncler, Pollen, SuperValu, Virgin Mobile and Qinec. John started as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble and VP Marketing at Kraft General Foods (Diageo).

Social and philanthropic background

John is involved with a broad range of social impact organisations. He a founding director of Expert Impact and Founders Forum for Good, an advisory board member of Nile Rodgers' We Are Family Foundation and a mentor to other social impact ventures including TutorFair, StudentFunder and OpenUtility. He has a special interest in helping disadvantaged young people and aspiring entrepreneurs. He is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and supports numerous charities in the arts, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Irish Arts Centre, SFMoma and Slide Ranch in the US and ArtAngel in Europe.

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Testimonials

Anton Chernikov

Anton Chernikov

The Exponentials

Founder

John really accelerated our growth

I have been able to scale my business within the past 6 months faster than I had ever hoped for! His savvy advice and powerful introductions have been the rocket fuel that we needed to get our company off the ground.

Ruben Kostucki

Ruben Kostucki

Makers Academy

Maestro

Really enjoyed the meeting

John was open, interested and caring which is really positive!

Melissa Woolford

Melissa Woolford

Museum of Architecture

Founder & Director

This is a great idea

It was great meeting John, I learnt lots about other businesses and would love to be able to have more sessions as we grow! 

Mark Harvey

Mark Harvey

Internews Europe

ex-Executive Director

Kudos to Expert Impact...

...for convening the aspiring with the wise achievers, and for matching me so well with a somebody with such insights into what I need to focus on!

Jamie Fries

Jamie Fries

IdeasWise Ltd

CEO

The session made a huge impact on me

My session with John was explosive. I started making deep changes to my business and work the same week. These changes have led me to new, unexpected and very auspicious places.

Juliana Zarate

Juliana Zarate

Mucho

Co-Founder

Focused, efficient and priceless

John is not only supremely focused, he is also greatly relatable and keeps the mission of the business in mind throughout the conversion. Quickly pin pointing a pressing need of our business and thinking how he could add value on a specific issue was priceless.

Kenny Ewan

Kenny Ewan

WeFarm

CEO & Founder

Insightful and so helpful

The most useful hour of advice I have had all year. I took a huge amount of insight from the session and am very much looking forward to staying in touch.

Julian Warowioff

Julian Warowioff

LemonAid

Managing Director UK

10/10

John's analytical and fast-paced assessment of the business revealed interesting insights from the perspective of a seasoned marketing professional. He was well-prepared for the session and quickly outlined our challenges on the UK market.

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