John has more than 15 years of experience, both as a founder and an investor, in start-ups and growth companies. Prior to arriving in Montreal in 2007, John spent the previous 10 years in Asia Pacific where he was an active angel investor and entrepreneur principally in the mobile, media, Internet and financial services sectors. John is a co-founder of Montreal Start Up and Real Ventures. John received his BSc. (Hons) from MMU (Manchester, UK). He is a citizen of the UK and New Zealand and a permanent resident of Canada.