As CEO and Founder, John is responsible for the company’s growth and operations, while leading the VenueNext team on its mission to set a new and much higher standard for live event experiences. Prior to VenueNext, Paul spent over 35 years as a founder, CEO or executive leader of product and engineering teams at startups and major American technology companies.
Most recently, Paul was Senior Vice President at Dish Digital where he created an Internet based next generation video distribution service, a continuation of his award winning work at Sling Media, with the Slingbox product line, which was acquired by Dish in 2007. In 2002, Paul founded and created one of the first photo sharing services named Our Pictures Inc., which was acquired by Simple Star Inc. in 2005.
From 1996 through 1999, Paul was Senior VP and General Manager of the Server Division of Netscape, which was sold to Sun Microsystems for $1bn. After AOL’s acquisition of Netscape, Paul remained at the company as Executive Vice President, leading acquisitions of smaller companies in the calendar, email, music, application server, and wallet categories, and successfully maintaining a high rate of talent retention post acquisition through his innovative organizational leadership style.
Before Netscape, Paul held leadership positions in companies including Banyan Systems, Compaq Computer, Siemens and Digital Equipment Corp. Paul was recently named one of the 60 Most Powerful People in Sports by Worth Magazine for his innovative contributions to the industry. Paul graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois with a B.S.E.E in 1976.