John has spent much of the past twenty years conceiving, growing and advising start-up businesses in various industries.
At present, he is the co-founder and co-CEO of Aurify Brands, a restaurant development company, which owns and operates five restaurant concepts comprising over 30 locations in NYC, DC, and soon to be Chicago and Minneapolis. John oversees major growth initiatives, strategic partnerships and has secured over $50 million of debt and equity capital for the company to date.
Through 2013, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, helping to turn around a once-distressed cosmetics company and successfully selling it in early 2015. He was an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Idealab, the technology incubator; co-founder and co-CEO of Cductive.com, a leading digital distributor of music (an iTunes predecessor); and, early in his career, an investment banker with Prudential-Bache Capital Funding. He is also an active angel investor.
John graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics in 1989, and from INSEAD, with Dean’s List Honors, with a Master’s degree in Business Administration in 1996.