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ian johnstone

Advisor Greater Los Angeles Area, US

co-founder @, co-founder & advisor @ blissmo.

co-founder @, co-founder & advisor @ blissmo.

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GunByGun (


Strategy/Operations truBrain January 2015 - present
co-founder GunByGun July 2013 - present
co-founder & COO blissmo July 2010 - June 2013
Management Consultant PwC August 2007 - June 2010
Strategy Consultant SVARAJ (formerly Oxfam, India) August 2006 - December 2006
Fellow Coro Pittsburgh August 2005 - May 2006
Campaign Staffer Democratic Party May 2000 - November 2004


University of California, Berkeley Cleantech Institute 2010
Binghamton University Marketing, Organizational Leadership 2000 - 2005

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Social Impact
  • • Commerce
  • • social entrepreneurship
  • • gun violence prevention

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

I've built a company from scratch to profitability and came out looking for more. I love being a generalist and finding ways to get things done or tackle new problems - the functional areas I\'m most comfortable in are sales, marketing, biz ops, fundraising and team-building. I'm most proud of bootstrapping blissmo until we could show material revenue, raising funds from top-notch angels (e.g. 500 Startups) when we needed to, and ultimately achieving profitability.

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sundeep ahuja
We worked together at blissmo  •  Founder, blissmo and Product, Marketing & Strategy Advisor / Investor / Consultant, indiegogo, Maxwell Health, others. Stanford grad.
After cutting his teeth at blissmo, I think Ian is ready to build on everything he learned there to make gunbygun the incredible organizatio ... n and brand that it's already set up to be. He's got the raw ingredients and the previous experience.
Nick Fassler
They're my advisor  •  Marketing & User Growth Consultant, (Self-employed). Previously CEO & Founder, Thrively.
He already is one! He's proved his ability both in operations for startups and in building and leading an organization (GunbyGun). He is an ... awesome person to work with.
Rahul Prakash
We worked together
Ian is passionate and execution oriented. Not only can he build large coalitions, he knows how to build strong teams with a strong culture. ... I'm excited to see what he does next.

Jai Agrawal
They're my friends
Jai is a quintessential hustler - he's smart, malleable, resourceful, and finds a way to get things done by any means necessary. He also has ... a ton of domain expertise that allows him to spot unmet opportunities in market. On top of that, he's a highly personable guy that has an easy time getting people on his side.

Rahul Prakash
They're my advisor: other  •  Co-Founder & Managing Director, Coyote Ridge Ventures and Co-Founder, The Hatchery. University of Pennsylvania grad.
Rahul's a strategic thinker with tons of experience in the startup world as both an entrepreneur and advisor. He's also one of the most well ... -networked people I know.