About

John Ason

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

 
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John Ason has been an angel investor for over 20 years specializing in early stage pre-revenue companies. He has made about 80 eclectic investments in the areas of e-commerce, technology, advertising, medical IT and entertainment, chalking up many impressive exits such as xlibris.com, diapers.com and centrak.com. 

John is a guest lecturer at Fairleigh Dickinson, Wharton, NYU, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers. John mentors the following women’s groups: Astia, Springboard, 37Angels and The Vinetta Project. John has spoken at conferences in Kiev, Minsk, Moscow, Dublin, Oviedo, Mexico City, Ho Chi Minh City, Yangon, Phnom Penh, Costa Rica, Buenos Aires and Seoul. John is a mentor at the following accelerators: DreamIt, TechStars, Starta, FoodFuture and Entrepreneurial Roundtable (ERA).

John was at AT&T Bell Labs for over 25 years, first involved in software and technology development, then in marketing and business management of large telecommunications projects overseas.  John has a degree in Mathematics from the Illinois Institute of Technology. John’s hobbies include traveling, golf, GO (Asian game) and mentoring companies.

 

Favorites

Quote

"Remember to look at the stars and not your feet." Stephen Hawking

Book

Innovator's Dilemma, by Clayton Christensen

Innovation

Peer-to-peer computing