Bio - John Werner Photography

John Werner Bio

John Werner has created a career out of bringing ideas, networks and people together to generate powerful results.

John is a passionate photographer and documents life as he navigates and this website is the manifestation of that. 

John is a Managing Director and Partner at Ventures, and as Chief Network Officer, SVP Corporate Development of Cogo Labs. Before joining Link Ventures and Cogo Labs, John's deep curiosity and penchant for problem-solving led him to a diverse set of roles spanning many fields and interests. Previously, John was a VP at Meta, a Y-Combinator augmented reality startup based in Silicon Valley. John's also served as the Head of Innovation and New Ventures at the MIT Media Lab's Culture Group, and the Managing Director of Emerging Worlds SIG, where he led the launch of collaborative innovation centers in Mumbai, Nashik, and Hyderabad. John also channels his passion and curiosity into cultivating platforms for thought and exchange.

John is the Founder & CEO of ARIA,  a community focused on the potential of augmented reality and the Imagination in Action  -  formerly Blockchain+AI+Human, which takes place at MIT and the World Economic Forum in Davos with MIT Professor Sandy Pentland. John also founded Ideas in Action Inc., a non-profit that creates and produces TEDxBeaconStreet (, whose talks have accumulated 300+ million YouTube views. John is also a co-founder and co-Leader of TEDxMIT ( John was also a Founding member of Citizen Schools (, an advisor for PhotoButler, Vestigo Ventures and Founders Forum (Boston), an MIT Connection Science Fellow (, a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University's Graduate School of Design ( and a graduate of Hamilton College. John was recognized by Harvard Business Review for his leadership; by BostonInno in 2014 as a top 50 on Fire in Boston; Boston Chamber with a TOYL (Ten Outstanding Young Leaders) Award in 2006.

John is an accomplished triathlete and loves racing triathlons and qualified and raced at the 70.3 Ironman World Championships 4x. John is a 2x USTA All-American. John earned a spot on Team USA for the 2013 ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships in London (top 6% of the nationals - 96 of 1400+/12th in his age group).

John and his family live in Brookline, MA.

Some talks by John: HERE

Highlight Videos of John's Photography: HERE

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