Co-Founder, Director of Advanced UI
John has more than 20 years of experience as a product strategist, user interface architect, and technology entrepreneur. Prior to founding Zumobi, John was a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Research, where he led external academic research funding in the areas of mobile technologies and user interfaces, and invented Microsoft’s Tile-based homescreen metaphor, now used on hundreds of millions of devices worldwide.
As an influential thought leader and mobile industry expert, John’s articles have appeared in numerous publications including VentureBeat and GigaOM, and he has presented at industry conferences around the globe including: Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, MIT Venture Capital Summit, ad:tech and TEDxSeattle.
Recently named as the one of the most creative people in mobile advertising by Business Insider, John has authored and co-authored more than 20 patents in the areas of mobile UI, hardware interfaces, and interaction techniques for wearable devices. A vocal advocate for hybrid left-brain/right-brain learning, John was once in the opening cast of Disney’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle stage show, where he learned the timeless insights of showmanship and the importance of always focusing on the customer experience.
John has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida, and always writes the word “Design” with an uppercase D.