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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.

  • Will help with
  • Business development
  • Marketing & PR
  • Raising investment
  • Strategy & planning
  • Philanthropic Interests
  • Art
  • Childhood/Youth
  • Education
  • Health
  • Human Rights

Testimonials

The Exponentials

The Exponentials

Anton Chernikov

We support entrepreneurs and organisations that have the potential to make a massive positive impact in the world.

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.

Makers Academy

Makers Academy

Ruben Kostucki

Makers Academy is Europe's leading Web Developer bootcamp. We've graduated over 1000 students into their dream jobs as junior developers.

Really enjoyed the meeting

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

Museum of Architecture

Museum of Architecture

Melissa Woolford

The Museum of Architecture (MoA) is a charity that creates pop-up exhibitions and programming to help the public better engage with architecture and supports architects to be more entrepreneurial.

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! 

Internews Europe

Internews Europe

Mark Harvey

Internews, an international nonprofit organization, works to ensure access to trusted, quality information that empowers people to have a voice in their future and to live healthy, secure, and rewarding lives.

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!

Readingwise

Readingwise

Jamie Fries

The literacy intervention that jump-starts reading.

Using a broad range of innovative techniques, we've developed a groundbreaking literacy intervention with amazing results. 

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.

Mucho

Mucho

Juliana Zarate

Like a personal stylist, for your tastebuds. Shop recipes & products, chosen just for you. 

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.

WeFarm

WeFarm

Kenny Ewan

Sharing vital information that improves lives around the world… Even without access to internet.

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.

LemonAid

LemonAid

Julian Warowioff

Organic soft drinks from Fairtrade ingredients. Every bottle sold supports social projects.

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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