John F. Blake

Operating Partner

# Business Transformation
# Launches & GTM
# Marketing
# Product Strategy
# Sales
# Startups
# Strategy

As a domain expert in consumer internet, publishing, media, and B2B information services, I have over two decades of experience leveraging market and customer insights to inform and build bold strategies and innovative digital platform businesses that establish, restore and accelerate growth, profitability and new value creation for early-stage and mid-market companies.
Highlights Co-Founder - Secured $10M in funding and $2M in pre-launch sponsor commitments as a challenger brand that displaced the category leader

Ziff-Davis: SVP - Orchestrated the consolidation, turnaround and divestiture of marginalized business units creating  >$150M in new enterprise value

Gatehouse Media: President/GM - Ideated and architected a $45M elder-tech platform business on a $2M investment as the lead innovation initiative of a corporate transformation strategy

BCC Research: CEO - Blueprinted and operationalized growth strategy for a 45-yr-old global information services company driving 30% YOY performance improvement

Education: Northeastern University - B.S., Business Administration


# Advertising

# Business Info Services

# Digital Media

# E-Commerce

# ElderTech

# Publishing / Media

# SaaS Development

# Healthcare

# Hospitality

# Platforms

Awards & Organizations

- Mass Hi-Tech: "Tech Citizenship" Award

- Boardroom Magazine: "Excellence in Achievement"

Articles & Case Studies
John F. Blake
“Yesterday's home runs don't win today's games.”
—Babe Ruth, American professional baseball player

What I'm Reading / Listening To:

Keeps me calibrated on the chasm between iterative and exponential growth.
Still On My Bucket List:
Become fluent in three languages. Master bonsai.
Best Business Advice:
Make products customers love.