John Roa is a lifelong entrepreneur, technologist, philanthropist and business investor. He has founded and run six technology companies since the age of 14. His largest company, ÄKTA, went on to be one of the fastest growing companies in America in both 2013 and 2014, and was fully acquired by Salesforce Inc. in September 2015.
Outside of business, John is a passionate activist and philanthropist, having been a partner and donor to dozens of non-profit organizations as well as founding and running his own non-profit organization, Digital Hope. Digital Hope focused on building a digital bridge between international NGOs with high levels of impact but little means of fundraising, and passionate micro investors in America and Europe. Digital Hope successfully executed projects with orphanages, wildlife sanctuaries, schools, anti-trafficking centers, rehabilitation centers, and more, in over a dozen countries.
An avid and adventurous world-traveler, John has found his way to over 50 countries, whether by backpack or briefcase. His travels inspired his passion in photography, resulting in features in publications like National Geographic.
After committing to take a hiatus from technology startups after selling ÄKTA, he founded Roa Ventures, focused on early-stage investments, projects and experiments in lifestyle companies. Initial outside investments included Ellison (luxury eyewear hand-made in Greece), The Grand Voyage (designer footwear made in Italy), an unnamed hospitality project in Beverly Hills, and others. He then focused on investments in Mykonos, Greece. He created a real estate development arm of his enterprise and is currently developing a number of luxury villas on the island, as well as becoming an owner of the largest beach club, and opening a high-end beach retail store. He also spends his summers there.
Roa is also authoring a memoir on his experience of running and selling his latest business, that will be released in 2018.