John specialises in digital media and communications. He is chairman of Wazoku, a software as a service business specialising in ideas management; of Zanran, a numerical search business; and angel representative to TagMan, an internet advertising software business. He is a Director of FirstCapital, a European investment bank specialising in M&A and raising capital for growth technology businesses; of SharedBand Ltd, which manages access to telecom networks over multiple IP connections; of Violin Ltd, which facilitates targeted TV advertising; and of Worksnug, a global social network to improve the experience of mobile workers. He also mentors entrepreneurs.
He spent 5 years in early stage technology businesses, including a successful venture-backed MBO, and then worked in sales, marketing and product management roles at Mitel, a fast growth New York listed telecom company. He was then a strategy and business planning consultant at KPMG, with clients such as BT, C&W, Hughes, Oftel, Verizon and Vodafone, and Regis McKenna, where ‘Crossing the Chasm’ originated. He then became Global Head of Telecom, Media and Technology Corporate Finance at HSBC, leading international M&A deals and IPOs. Clients included Hutchison, Telenor, NTT DoCoMo, MTNL, OTE, Orange, Esprit Telecom and MSI and he ran deals worth over $40bn. He has a starred first degree from Trinity College, Cambridge in Electrical Sciences.
Specialties: Digital media, specifically advertising and TV. Telecoms. Financing and business development for growth technology companies.