Founder & CEO
John grew up in Spring Valley, IL (pop. 4,700) and has been surrounded by passionate enthusiast communities his whole life. Before Craftsy, John worked at eBay from 1999-2005 where he managed categories and communities. Over 20 years in business, he also spent time in executive roles at General Electric, glyde.com, and ServiceMagic. He majored in History & English at Colgate University, and received his MBA from the University of Michigan.
One of his career highlights was playing in the eBay band that won the Fortune Magazine’s Global Battle of The Bands, culminating in a gig at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and a tour of Australia. He lives in Denver with his wife, daughter, son, and adopted English Mastiff. His hobbies include cheering in vain for Chicago sports teams, reading, live music, and photography.
Founder & COO
When Josh is being crafty, it usually involves customizing tennis shoes. He is not quite yet willing to admit to having a problem, but will concede that he has a line item in his monthly budget dedicated to the habit… and that on the rare occasion when he has to wear a suit, if wiser heads do not prevail, he will lace up a complementary pair of Sambas.
Perhaps Josh’s aversion to formal wear is what has compelled him to work on creating software which helps people fuel their passions… it turns out that it is ok to not dress like an adult when your job is to enable your customers to feel child-like enthusiasm.
Speaking of kids, Josh recently contributed to making one of those. His daughter Noe was born in October 2009 and is already an accomplished quilt recipient.
Josh met his Craftsy co-founders while he was the General Manager of New Category Expansion & Vice President of Product for ServiceMagic. Prior to joining ServiceMagic, Josh led the product and marketing teams for a number of venture funded start-ups and managed small business buying at eBay, helping it grow into a $4.7B line of business for the company. Prior to eBay, Josh was a consultant at Bain & Company. Josh received an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and a BBA from the University of Michigan.