John Wechsler | Founder & CEO, Launch Fishers
John is founder of Launch Fishers, a 52,000 square foot launch pad for high-potential enterprises in Fishers, Indiana. Bringing together Launch Fishers, The Town of Fishers and The Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, John founded Launch Indiana, a program to build entrepreneurial capacity throughout the state through mentorship, workshops and digital content for Indiana’s Innovation Driven Entrepreneurs. Prior to the creation of Launch Indiana, John served as Entrepreneur in Residence for the State of Indiana through the ISBDC.
John was a Partner at DeveloperTown (2011-2012), an Indianapolis-based venture development firm where he worked with high-potential ventures on business strategy, early customer/business development and fundraising.
Prior to DeveloperTown, John has been a founder, co-founder or C-level exec in several venture-backed startups including Formspring, Formstack, Vontoo, Wishoo and beenz. More at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/
John started his career at IBM where he managed the global account plans for multiple Fortune 500 clients and achieved membership in the Golden Circle – recognizing the top 1.5% of the IBM sales force.
Prior to starting with IBM John earned a marketing degree from Indiana University where he participated in the School of Business Overseas Study Program in Maastricth, the Netherlands.
John is active in the Indianapolis-area community having served on many nonprofit and community boards including serving as past Chairman of the Board of NPower Indiana and Past President of the Indiana Chapter of Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization and past Director of The Venture Club of Indiana. John currently serves as a Tourism Commissioner at Visit Hamilton County, the tourism commission serving the communities “Just North of Indy.”