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, neidical IT and entertainment. 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 devotes a significant amount of his time to mentoring his companies. A typical company consists of one or two people in a kitchen or garage with minimal or no revenues. Any low capital industry with high growth potential qualifies with the exception of medical and biotech.
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.