John SanGiovanni has more than two decades of experience as an entrepreneur, strategist, and inventor. John is currently the cofounder and CEO of immersive communication startup Visual Vocal. John has authored or co-authored more than 20 patents in the areas of augmented reality, wearable hardware systems, and mobile UI, many of which have subsequently been licensed or purchased by Apple, Microsoft, and others. In addition, John has led product teams which have shipped more than 30 top-tier Apps for iOS/Android, 10 of which achieved top-5 in their respective App Store category, and have won major digital/interactive awards on behalf of American Express, General Motors, NBC, and others.
Between ventures, John served as a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Research, where he led external academic research funding in the areas of mobile technology and augmented reality, and co-invented Microsoft’s Tile-based homescreen metaphor, now used on more than a billion devices worldwide.
As an influential thought leader and technology industry expert, John’s articles have appeared in numerous publications, and he has presented at industry conferences around the globe including TEDxSeattle, MIT Venture Summit, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. John cofounded and serves on the Board of Directors for Zumobi, and cofounded TeamXbot, a nonprofit in the pacific northwest focused on technology mentorship to inner-city high schools, and an annual participant in Dean Kamen’s influential FIRST robotics competition.