Judge, Global Finals
John’s passion for building and growing companies began 22 years ago during his days as an engineer for a startup in Oakland, California. As the fourth employee, it was as clear to him then as it is now that it is all about the team. The guiding principle of team has stayed with him throughout his career – first on the programming team in California, as an engineer for Bechtel Power in San Francisco, building the management team at his own company and then ultimately as a venture investor. John holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, a BA degree in Economics from U.C. Santa Cruz and an MBA from Harvard Business School.