John Bacon spent his career creating growth from early-stage technologies, a discipline that led directly to the creation of GrowthPilot where he is a founder and partner. He was an executive for 17 years with Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. (now Cisco), in a variety of roles including serving as managing director of the company’s United Kingdom operation and, as Group Executive of Satellite Communications, building and marketing satellite communications equipment in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. He was a software entrepreneur for more than 15 years, running several venture capital-backed companies and—after raising close to $40 million from seven venture capital firms—taking two of them public, one in the United States and one in Europe.
John has also been the CEO of a company spun-out from a major research university to monetize a dense cluster of image-processing patents. The patents were valuable, but the company was making no commercial progress, and John successfully created a roadmap which led the company from university research into commercial markets. These diverse technology leadership experiences combined with a period of venture investing have given John a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing corporate innovation, an understanding which led to the founding of GrowthPilot.
John is on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Tech Foundation, and the immediate past chair of the board of the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Technology Association of Georgia, Business and Technology Alliance, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and many civic, arts and community organizations.
John has traveled from South Korea to Denmark to help companies and governments commercialize research and has contributed to recommend actions at the request of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is also a faculty member of the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program which connects small university spinouts with corporations. He holds a degree in engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has completed advanced management development work at Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of Business.