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John Beckmann

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Co-Founder & CEO, Fonebook Mobile. Previously Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm-iSkoot, Stanford (MNA) & Queen's (EE).

Co-Founder & CEO, Fonebook Mobile. Previously Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm-iSkoot, Stanford (MNA) & Queen's (EE).

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Primary Skillsets

  • Product
  • UI/Design
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Product
  • • UI/Design

Involved In

Founder

Fonebook Mobile

Positions

Product Management BlueJeans Network March 2014 - present
Co-Founder & CEO Fonebook Mobile March 2013 - March 2014
Senior Director, Product Management Qualcomm October 2010 - May 2013
VP - Product Management iSkoot March 2010 - October 2010
Sr Director - Product Management iSkoot April 2008 - March 2010
Senior Product Manager Motorola 2006 - April 2008
Product Manager Good Powered by BlackBerry June 2006 - January 2007
Associate Merrill Lynch September 2004 - May 2006
Product Marketing Rosum October 2003 - July 2004
Engineer Nokia 1998 - 2001

Education

Stanford Graduate School of Business General 2001 - 2003
Queen's University Electrical Engineering 1993 - 1997
University of Western Ontario Philosophy and Economics 1989 - 1993
Appleby 1985 - 1989

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
Advisor With
  • • Customer Acquisition
  • • Viral marketing
  • • Enterprise Apps
  • • Mobile Distribution
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • personal finance
  • • education

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Mobile • Product management • Product strategy • Business model • Product Planning

Key Accomplishments

At iSkoot I joined as the 3rd employee in San Francisco after a 'restart' for the company in 2008. I ran (and still run) the product team, and was responsible for initial concept, design, testing, and launch of the company's main social media aggregation product, which was sold as a white label product to Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. I also helped grow the SF team from 3 to 25 until the company was sold to Qualcomm in Oct 2010.

Prior to iSkoot I worked at Motorola, working on their first Android based software builds that ultimately launched in the market as 'Moto Blur'. I helped shape the initial vision for the product before leaving to join iSkoot.

Prior to Motorola I worked at Good Technology (acquired by Motorola) as a product manager focused on the enterprise email product on the Microsoft Windows platform.

I also worked as an associate in Merrill Lynch's Technology Group in Palo Alto focused on providing technology firms with financial services including equity and debt issuance, IPO execution and M&A analysis.

Prior to my roles in product and finance I was an electrical engineer for 3 years with Nokia Mobile Phones, focusing on the design and test of their cellular transmitter and receiver chips.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

- Extensive product strategy, design and execution experience
- Extensive mobile technology and industry experience
- Financial modeling acumen (aka 'very savvy with a spreadsheet')
- 'Lean Startup' mentality - I attended (and won!) the SF Lean Startup Machine workshop last summer, and read extensively about this topic
- The ability to work well with a wide range of personality and skill types
- Strong team leadership skills (I consistently received excellent reviews from my team members)
- Hard worker - whatever it takes
- Sense of humor and a healthy dose of whimsy
- Strong communication skills - understanding, articulating, and presenting the 'big picture'
- A love of great product design, and helping people solve problems

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George Kwon
We worked together at iSkoot
John is one of the smartest guys I know. He absorbs and processes huge amounts of information and knowledge effortlessly. His product and ... biz judgement is rock solid. He's also an incredible communicator and people-person who's able to attract, motivate and lead a great team. I'm proud to vouch for John because having work for him for several years, I want others to experience and benefit from his leadership and personal qualities. So excited that John is starting this venture, expecting great things.

Sean Byrnes
Founder of @Flurry, currently a Free Agent. Active Startup Advisor, Father, Volunteer, Artist.
A TON of insight into startup strategy, life strategy, and technology choices. And a hell of a nice guy:)