Born and raised in small-town Texas, John developed a deep interest and passion for internet technologies at a young age, connecting him to the worlds of art, design, and community. After serving 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, John settled into the Austin creative and business community and began establishing himself as a brand, product, and technology strategist. Starting several companies and advising multiple others, his accumulated experience led to a vision of creating an experience design agency that was human-centered and holistic in its approach. Collaborating with a small group of friends with a shared vision, John co-founded and became the CEO of handsome in 2012. In addition to leading and guiding the agency with his vision and industry insight, John collaborates with and advises several local startups, technology and design organizations, and non-profits in the Austin area.