Mr. Shearer is an award-winning international technologist, inventor, educator, serial entrepreneur and former CEO of several tech ventures who currently serves as Practitioner Faculty and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management.
He has been instrumental in substantially growing the MBA Entrepreneurship Program at Pepperdine University and has co-founded the Early X Foundation, a unique Intellectual Property commercialization process. In this teaching role, he develops MBA student-founded, innovation-based businesses. Globally, he locates and evaluates cutting-edge technologies with significant commercial value from other universities, national and international research laboratories and within the private sector for commercialization.
He has extensive global experience and a strong network of innovators, executives and educators. He has held executive management positions with numerous start-up and venture backed companies and has successfully commercialized early-stage research and development projects ranging from innovative image conversion systems and output devices to large-scale data collection and network optimization systems for the electric, gas, and telecommunications industry. He holds degrees in physics and business (M.B.A.) from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mr. Shearer currently holds multiple worldwide patents, granted and pending, in the wireless power and energy harvesting fields.
In support of the Northern Ireland Peace Process (1996-2000) John was an official United States delegate promoting commercial partnerships between Northern Ireland startup technology companies and university research institutes with U.S. based entrepreneurial companies. Specifically, John joined the delegation teams of U.S. Secretary of Commerce Daley, Under Secretary of Commerce Mottur and Colorado Governor Owens. He also participated in meetings hosted by President Bill Clinton at the Whitehouse.