John Knapp

Technical, Product Management, Business Development

San Francisco, California, US

Background

About John

PROFILE
Significant technology and business experience with proven track record of innovation, leadership, software development and product management. Over 10 years experience gathering market requirements, designing, developing and delivering intuitive and effective web applications as well as recruiting and leading development, UX/UI, testing and QA teams. Experience also includes architecture, data modeling, system design, fault tolerance and scaling. Recently, I've been moving into AI, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing applications.


ACHIEVEMENTS
Designed and built segment leading marketplace and large scale fault tolerant system. Invented & built distributed content syndication platform and received 3 patents. Invented & led the team to build conversational advertising technology which drove 5x lift in all KPIs. Helped numerous entrepreneurs turn ideas into intuitive applications their customers gladly pay for. Provided technology leadership, re-engineered large scale production application and executed a fault-tolerant system architecture for segment leading peer-to-peer marketplace.

Over 10 years experience gathering market requirements, designing, developing and delivering intuitive and effective web applications as well as recruiting and leading development, UX/UI, testing and QA teams. Experience also includes architecture, data modeling, system design, fault tolerance and scaling.


SKILLS
Agile development, AWS, Advertising, Artificial Intelligence, Application / Platform Architecture, Business Strategy, CSS, Erlang, Flask, Git, Heroku, HTML, Intellectual Property, Leadership, Lean Startup Methodologies, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, PostgreSQL, Product Development, Product Management, Python, Redis, Ruby on Rails, SaaS, Sales, Sinatra, Software Architecture, Software Development, UX/UI Design.

Headline

Entrepreneur, innovator, leader, developer

Work Experience

Founder CEO/CTO

HowZone Learning Communities

October 2014 - November 2016

HowZone Learning Communities are where individuals and companies connect around topics of shared interest to help each other build expertise. We aim to capture 2% to 5% of the $50 billion lifelong learning and the $90 billion SMB knowledge management markets. The product is up and running, we’re expanding the team and acquiring users. We make money from access fees, mentoring marketplaces and manufacturer sponsorships.

Founder

Startup Alliance

April 1999 - Today

Startup Alliance is a global peer network of Company Builders and Boosters. Our mission is to help each other build our networks, boost our expertise, solve our problems and maximize our results regardless of location or type of business. We’ve been doing that face-to-face since 1999 in Seattle and Silicon Valley. In 2017, we’re taking that online to ignite a global audience of active and engaged entrepreneurs and business owners.

Founding CTO

Boatbound

August 2013 - May 2014

Turned this ship into a high performing and seaworthy craft to rule the waves. Provided technology leadership, re-engineered large scale production application and executed a fault-tolerant system architecture for this segment leading peer-to-peer marketplace.

Founder CEO/CTO

Brash Insight

January 2008 - June 2011

Brash Insight is the worlds leader in Feedback Advertising™ conversational advertising tools and strategies. Our clients enjoy 3x to 5x better results and deep consumer insight available nowhere else. As founder and CEO, I articulate the vision for the company and product family and lead the organization as it expands its footprint to bring Feedback Ads to every interactive screen around the world. And as CTO, I meet business requirements through innovative use of carefully selected technologies, architect the system, write a lot of our code and lead an elite team of computer scientists and engineers.