John Werner's biography

John Werner has created a career out of bringing ideas, networks and people together to generate powerful results. He is curious about new technologies, both in the physical and digital world. John is a passionate photographer and documents life as he navigates and this website is a reflection of that. Here is a range of John's photography (John randomly orders them and that order changes periodically). Each year he creates a video his photography you can view.


John is an accomplished photojournalist who especially likes to photography people (a few galleries of individuals in alpha order by first name) and in fifteen curated galleries HERE. He has had the opportunity to photograph many leaders. His high-impact images have been seen by millions and have appeared broadly in print and digital media and on billboards in everything from Forbes to New York Times to MIT.  A sampling of collections on this site (most photos in these galleries are randomly sorted so the audience experiences the juxtaposition of photos to one another)  are – 5 galleries of portraits, pairings (two people), wearing glasses, families, crowds (very large groups), wearing glasses, women, babies, children, African-American diaspora, street photography, action, performances & sports.  He has photographed locations such as: India (over 12 visits he made to there), Roxbury Latin (last 5 years his son has attended), MITIceland, Brazil, Spain, China, Vancouver, Adirondacks, Boston, Silicon Valley, Mexico, Davos, NYC, "from above", transportation vehiclesand the Franklin Park Zoo. Collection of galleries, flowers, landscapes, trees, and glaciers. He has photographed events ranging from the Khumba Mela, to the Boston Marathon, to a stop gun violence protest, to music concerts by Bruce Springsteen & U2He particularly loves to photograph families across generations and also engineers and scientists.


John is a Managing Director and member of the investment committee at Link Ventures. In the fall of 2019 Link Ventures raised $100 million in their LV2 fund and are working with early stage entrepreneurs to support their great ideas. Link Ventures is a Venture Capital firm established in 2006 that invests in disruptive consumer internet technology companies that leverage consumer data to help them differentiate, scale, and become profitable. Link Ventures is a different type of VC. Link Ventures equip their portfolio companies with proprietary competitive intel to enable customer acquisition and drive capital-efficient revenue growth. Link Ventures invests in exceptional management teams and help them leverage their data to exceed their revenue plans and their dreams. 


Before joining Link Ventures, 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 for the Camera Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab, 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 -  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 100s of millions of views. John is also a co-founder and co-Leader of TEDxMIT. John was a Founding member of Citizen Schools, an advisor for Everquote (a publicly traded company), PhotoButler, Vestigo Ventures, Breylon, and Founders Forum (Boston).


John is currently a MIT Connection Science Fellow at MIT School of Engineering. He was a Loeb Fellow '09 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 for 10 years organized and swam the Boston Light Swim - an open water swim that is one of the oldest continuously organize marathon swims (started in 1908) - 10 miles from Little Brewster Island into the L Street Bathhouse in South Boston. John was a multi-sport athlete in college - participating in Cross Country (NESCAC Championship team 1988, team captain and MVP 1991) and Swimming. John 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 - 96 of 1400+/12th in his age group).


John and his wife Erika Alvarez Werner and three children and a dog live in Brookline, MA. HERE are family highlight videos of John's photography.








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