John is Senior Director at NC IDEA and is responsible for NC IDEA LABS, which he founded as Groundwork Labs in 2011.  He previously directed the Foundation’s partnerships through the  NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM grant program.

Prior to NC IDEA, John was the Managing Director of Joystick Labs, an accelerator for video game developers. His entrepreneurial experience includes CEO of Numerical Design, Ltd., a startup delivering video game industry’s leading providers of game engines and tools to video game developers. He also served as COO of Division, Inc., a virtual reality startup that was acquired by HP.

John has a master’s in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Valparaiso University.

John spends Friday mornings kicking around ideas with startup founders.  If you’d like to meet with him, schedule a time here.