John has spent over 40 years in Silicon Valley and has experience as a management consultant, entrepreneur, speaker and author. He is driven by a desire to help individuals and institutions around the world to increase their impact in a rapidly changing world.

In addition to his current role as leader of the Center for the Edge at Deloitte, he has worked with McKinsey & Co. and Boston Consulting Group. He also served as senior vice president of strategy at Atari, Inc., and is the founder of two Silicon Valley startups.

He currently occupies leadership roles at the World Economic Forum and the Santa Fe Institute, and he serves on the faculty of Singularity University.

He is the author of 7 books, including The Power of Pull, Net Gain, Net Worth, Out of the Box and The Only Sustainable Edge. He has won two awards from Harvard Business Review for best articles in that publication and has been recognized as an industry thought leader by a variety of publications and professional service firms. His personal blog for 15 years was Edge Perspectives but now his more recent personal blog posts can be found on this website.

John holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, a B.Phil. from Oxford University and a JD and MBA from Harvard University.

2007 – present
Founder and co-chairman of Deloitte LLP‘s Center for the Edge, a research center based in Silicon Valley with branches in Amsterdam and Melbourne. The charter of the Center for the Edge is to identify emerging business opportunities that are not yet on the CEO’s agenda, but should be, and to do the research required to persuade them to put it on their agenda. He also works with clients to help them get more impact as they pursue these opportunities

2001 – 2007
Independent management consultant working with companies around the world on business strategy and opportunities to improve performance.

2000 – 2001
12 Entrepreneuring, Inc. – Chief Strategy Officer
San Francisco-based operating company focused on building businesses in the Web services technology arena. Led a team responsible for: evaluating new investment opportunities, providing strategic counsel to 12 Entrepreneuring’s partner companies and synthesizing perspectives on the likely evolution of Web services technology and the implications for business value creation. Helped to launch and build two promising Web services providers, Grand Central and NorthStar.

1984 – 2000
McKinsey & Company – Principal
Global Leader of McKinsey’s Electronic Commerce Practice (which he founded and led from 1993-2000) as well as a leader in McKinsey’s Strategy Practice. Served a broad range of clients across the world, focusing on strategic management and operational performance improvement.

Atari, Inc. – Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning
Helped lead successful turnaround of Atari’s Home Computer Division; helped to build profitable application software business

Sequoia Group, Inc. – Founder and CEO
Founded and led value added reseller providing turnkey computer systems to physicians. Built start-up to $5 million in revenue, becoming the largest provider in its vertical market. Sold the company to MetPath, the largest clinical lab company in the U.S.

Boston Consulting Group – Consultant
Served senior management of a broad range of large enterprises on business strategy issues

Academic Background
MBA – Harvard Business School – 1978
JD – Harvard Law School – 1978
B.Phil. – Oxford University – 1974
BA – Wesleyan University – 1972

Awards and Honors
Accenture (2003) – Top 100 Business Gurus
Network World (2002) – 50 Most Powerful People in Networking
World Economic Forum (2000) – Forum Fellow
Business Week (1999) – Named one of the 25 most influential people in electronic business
Upside (1999) – Designated one of the Elite 100 Most Influential People in the Digital World
McKinsey Award – Best articles published in Harvard Business Review

  • 1999 – Unbundling the Corporation
  • 2001 – Your Next IT Strategy

World Economic Forum – Forum Fellow and Co-Chair of the Global Futures Council on Systems and Platforms
Santa Fe Institute – Trustee
Independent Institute – Trustee
Harvard Business School Research Center – former Steering Committee member
Singularity University – faculty


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