John Ason has been an angel investor for over 21 years specializing in early stage pre‐revenue
companies. He has made over eighty eclectic investments in the areas of e‐commerce, technology,
advertising, digital social media and entertainment. Of his eighty companies there are 20 female
founders, 12 international companies and 30 currently active companies. Some of John's notable exits
include Xlibris, LiveLOOK sold to Oracle, Diapers.com sold to Amazon, Centrak sold to Halma and Jet.com
sold to Walmart. The sum total of all his exits exceeds $4 billion.
A typical company consists of one or two people in a garage or kitchen with minimal or no revenues.
Any capital efficient industry with high growth potential qualifies with the exception of medical and
biotech. As a starting point, John will accept only one page executive level summaries via email
Prior to being an angel investor John had a career at AT&T Bell Labs. He spent the first ten years doing
bleeding edge technology development and then 15 years marketing large telecommunications systems
to international telecommunications companies. John guest lectures at NJIT, Fairleigh Dickinson,
Rutgers, NYU, Columbia and Wharton. John is a mentor at the Entrepreneurial Roundtable, DreamIt and
TechStars accelerators. John is an advisor to the Astia, 37Angels, Vinetta Project and Springboard
women’s organizations. John has a BS in Mathematics from the Illinois Institute of Technology. John’s
hobbies include art, architecture, anthropology, astrophysics, traveling, golf, and Go (Asian game).
Please visit his website at JohnAson.com and his interview at http://observer.com/2016/12/investing-