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, each year he creates a highlight video of his photography you can view: HERE
John is a Managing Director and member of the investment committee at https://linkventures.com/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 Cogo Labs’ 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. Link Ventures management teams step up to the plate with intention and take big swings. John is also the 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 https://www.media.mit.edu/groups/camera-culture/overview/Camera 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 (https://tedxbeaconstreet.com/), whose talks have accumulated 100s of millions of views. John is also a co-founder and co-Leader of TEDxMIT (https://tedxmit.org/). John was a Founding member of Citizen Schools (https://www.citizenschools.org/), an advisor for Everquote (a publicly traded company), PhotoButler, Vestigo Ventures and Founders Forum (Boston), currently a MIT Connection Science Fellow at MIT School of Engineering (https://connection.mit.edu/), a Loeb Fellow '09 at the Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (https://loebfellowship.gsd.harvard.edu/fellows-alumni/fellows-search/john-werner/) 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 - 96 of 1400+/12th in his age group).
John and his family live in Brookline, MA.