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John Pettitt

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Founder/CTO Beyond.com (IPO), CyberSource (IPO), Specialix PLC (sold), VP Eng BitTorrent, CEO Repost. Advisor EFF, Stryker, Countable.

Founder/CTO Beyond.com (IPO), CyberSource (IPO), Specialix PLC (sold), VP Eng BitTorrent, CEO Repost. Advisor EFF, Stryker, Countable.

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Involved In

Founder

Repost
Beyond.com (formerly software.net)
CyberSource
Perle Systems

Advisor

Countable
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Stryker Games

Positions

Head of Engineering Yuzu™ May 2015 - present
CEO Free Range Content October 2008 - July 2014
Founder/CEO/CTO Repost January 2011 - July 2014
Ranger Logistics Manager (Senior Staff), Black Rock Rangers Burning Man January 2008 - December 2009
Vice President Engineering BitTorrent, Inc. July 2006 - January 2007
Staff Photographer Dean for America July 2003 - March 2004
Co-Founder/CTO Beyond.com (formerly software.net) August 1994 - May 1999
Co-Founder/CTO CyberSource August 1994 - July 1997
Founder / Group VP Research and Technology Perle Systems May 1986 - October 1993

Education

N/A EE/CS 1979 - 1980

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Media
  • • Payments
  • • Content
  • • News

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

An innovative founder and technologist at the forefront of Internet discovery and emerging technologies and applications, John Pettitt has created and led successful technology companies for 30 years. He is the Founder and CEO of Repost, a company that is redefining the way online content is shared, protected and monetized.

John has had three successful co-founder exits including one sale (Specialix) and two successful IPOs (CyberSource and Beyond.com). CyberSource was subsequently purchased by VISA for $2 billion and Beyond.com went on to achieve $100 million in revenues.

A pioneer in content protection and e-commerce, he is the inventor of multiple U.S. technology patents in cryptography, online fraud detection and content distribution. John established the first commercial, non-academic, internet connection in the UK for Specialix PLC and went on to create some of the first e-commerce software for software.net (Beyond.com) and pioneering internet fraud detection software for CyberSource.

John is a nationally published photographer, a past winner of the British Design Award, a volunteer community mediator at Burning Man, and sits on the Fundraising Advisory Board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Chia-Lin Simmons
We worked together  •  Ex-Googler, Ex-Amazon, Ex-Harman. Exec for startups & public companies. Working on family tech, wearable with machine learning.
John has been a trusted mentor, manager, and advisor since I worked for him at Beyond.com a company he co-founded and took public. He has sa ... ge advice, practical experience and is a technology executive and entrepreneur that knows the business side.
Bart Myers
They're my mentor  •  CEO and Founder - Countable. Founder of SideReel. Advisor, Investor.
John is an exceptional advisor. He has a broad base of experience and is extremely responsive with clear and cogent advice. Great guy.
Jason MacRae
They're my advisor: other  •  Lead Engineer - Digital Media, Sportvision and Independent Game and App Developer, Monkeybirds Games.
Very experienced with multiple startups. Good advice for potential founders, good connections and useful industry perspective.
Chris Heuer
We worked together  •  Mentor in Residence, Wearable World and CEO, Alynd.
John has the smarts, leadership and experience to be a great co-founder or advisor. Working with him on a strategic level over the past seve ... ral years, he taught me a great deal and was helpful for my own work as well as listening to my suggestions for his company. I wholeheartedly reccomnend him.

Chia-Lin Simmons
They're my advisor: Repost  •  Ex-Googler, Ex-Amazon, Ex-Harman. Exec for startups & public companies. Working on family tech, wearable with machine learning.
Chia-Lin has both worked for me early in here career and been a trusted advisor to my latest startup. Her questions and input have been inva ... luable in shaping how we approached a number of key challenges.