John Dearborn is an entrepreneurial expert who has practical experience both leading high tech startups and building innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems to accelerate early-stage company growth.
John is President of JumpStart Inc., the Cleveland-based nonprofit organization transforming the economic impact of entrepreneurial ventures and the ecosystems supporting their growth. John’s guidance of JumpStart’s fundraising activities contributed to the organization assuming a role within Ohio as a leading entity for funding and coordination efforts of entrepreneurial support organizations within the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Prior to joining JumpStart, John was the CEO and a board member of 3Guppies, Inc., a mobile social networking company in Seattle, Washington. Before that he was Senior Vice President and General Manager for New Ventures in the Interactive Division for American Greetings, where he served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. John led new product and business development activities, partnering with leading companies to develop content offerings aimed specifically at the mobile and instant messaging audiences. John also started a self-funded company that developed the first image editor for the PC, which was later sold to a NASDAQ-traded company, Micrografx, in addition to holding senior management positions for a variety of venture-backed, public and privately-held companies, leading marketing, operations, business development, and sales organizations.
John is a board adviser to several Cleveland startups, offering expertise in the areas of strategy development, fundraising, and product development. John holds a BA in Administration from the University of New Hampshire, Durham.