Investments, Projects and Experiments by John Roa
20 years of tech and lifestyle entrepreneurship
John Roa is an award-winning entrepreneur and innovator in the start-up technology and lifestyle markets. His latest venture, ÄKTA, was fully acquired by Salesforce Inc. in September, 2015. Today, he focuses on early-stage investments, projects and experiments in Chicago, Los Angeles and London.
"I believe in design-led companies and the power of customer experience. The companies I invest in all share one thing in common: we create unfair advantages by basing every decision on a deep, personal understanding of our customers and always deliver through beautiful experiences."
Innovation / User Experience design consultancy focused on digital transformation for the enterprise. Inc 500 Fastest Growing Companies 2013.
Status: Acquired by Salesforce
SocialCrunch is a behavior graph of people on the Internet based on psychographic data sets. TechStars class of 2013.
Role: Founder / Investor / Advisor
Status: Acquired by Tastebud
The Betty is a neighborhood gathering place located within the Fulton Market District of the West Loop.
A game-changing luxury hospitality concept.
Role: Founder / Investor
Status: Coming Soon
Like a Gentleman
Old school meets new school barber shop.
Location: West Hollywood
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Actively entertaining technology / lifestyle investments
Cover letter, deck
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Team, financials, experience
"What unmet need are you solving for your users? How do you know they need this?"
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