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John Fess

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

CEO Advisor/Coach, Independent. Previously CEO, GenEscence, Inc.. Harvard Business School grad. Stanford grad.

CEO Advisor/Coach, Independent. Previously CEO, GenEscence, Inc.. Harvard Business School grad. Stanford grad.

3 vouches

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MarketSmart, Inc.




CEO Advisor/Coach Independent September 2014 - present
CEO GenEscence, Inc. November 2011 - July 2014
CEO Blue Heron Biotechnology 2006 - 2010
Private Investor / Advisor Independent 2000 - 2005
Senior Vice President, Database Division Euro RSCG / Cohn & Wells 1998 - 1999
Vice President, Marketing PowerAgent, Inc. 1996 - 1997
Vice President, Operations Cohn & Wells / MarketSmart Database Division 1991 - 1995
Co-Founder/COO MarketSmart, Inc. 1989 - 1991
Principal Consultant Regis McKenna 1987 - 1990
Vice President, Marketing Zymacom, Inc. 1984 - 1987


Harvard Business School Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies, Technology Marketing
Stanford University Math Sciences (Math, Comp Sci, Stats, Oper. Research)

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Events
  • • Advertising
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Financial Services
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Robotics
  • • Travel
  • • Transportation
  • • Smart Home
  • • Healthcare
  • • Education
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Hardware
  • • Records
  • • Edutainment
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Medical Devices

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Luis Villalba
We worked together  •  Executive Director, FIFARMA and Executive Director, FIFARMA. University of Toronto grad.
Sure, he always conveyed a competent and kind manner which should help him as an advisor
Bruce Fuhrer
They're my school  •  Attorney, Law Office of Bruce R. Fuhrer. Previously Former insurance defense counsel, Lawfirms in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.
John is an ideal combination of an utmost in intellect, credentials, education, experience, effectivity and much more brought to the proverb ... ial table than can be set out fully here, based upon 40 years plus in knowing him. He is one of the most trusted, diligent, dedicated, smartest and most genuine people I know.
Rick Rutherford
We worked together  •  CEO, myGREEN Tax and Accounting. Previously CEO & Founder, CPApartner.
I worked with John as a contract CFO to a biotech company that he was running. Through his leadership the company was able to survive a mas ... sive cost restructuring and position itself for a successful sale within 12 months of our working together. He made bold steps that had exceptional results.