John Saddington
Hacker, Educator, Writer

400 Laguna Street #254
San Francisco, CA 94102

As an entrepreneur I've raised VC and bootstrapped my way to success, selling my last co. to a Fortune 300. As a software developer & engineer I've built products and led teams for Fortune 50's. I love mentoring and coaching people to never give up.

I am also a long-time digital writer and blogger starting in 2001. I read voraciously and quite addicted to continual improvement (Kaizen).

I am married to the love of my life and I also spend time homeschooling and loving on my two amazing daughters.



The Iron Yard, LLC


Partner, Chief Strategy Officer, Head of PeopleOps

Raised a small angel round and launched what would become the largest coding school in the US. Provided leadership and strategic development of our programs and staff. Ran 1,000 miles a minute. Grew org 10X+ in 15 months, hired the first 50 staff. Acquired by a Fortune 300.

Desk App


Creator, Developer

An award-winning OS X writing and blogging app. Named "Best App of 2014" by Apple. Built a content marketing machine that's read by 1,000's daily.

yo, gg LLC.


Founder, Developer

Build custom iOS and OSX applications. Purveyor of awesome.


2012 - 2014

Creator, Developer

iOS application and social network allowing filtered photos to be published directly to a WordPress-powered site. Successfully funded via Kickstarter.


2009 - 2013

Founder, Business Development

Creators of Standard Theme, eve, and other successful WordPress-based products. Seed funding round in 2012. Partner of Automattic. Acquired by WooThemes.

WP Daily

2012 - 2013

Editor in Chief

An 8BIT business unit, launched the fastest growing WordPress news and editorial blog in the world. Was acquired by WP Engine (July, 2013).

The Iron Yard

2012 - Present

Mentor, Advisor

Mentored and coached 2012 and 2013 technology accelerator cohorts helping them build their teams, launch products, and raise venture capital.

Action & Influence, Inc.

2012 - 2013

Founder, CTO, Executive Coach

Creators of Team Science technology. Strategic agile software consulting, team performance, behavioral dynamics and optimization, executive coaching. Exit in early 2013.

Twitch Technologies

2011 - 2012

CTO, Venture Capital

Strategic lead on technology and venture capital raising for seed and angel rounds.

SoChurch, LLC.

2010 - 2012

Founder, Chief Evangelist, Board Member

Raised angel/VC for communication application for non-profits with a world class board membership. Acquired in 2012.


2011 - 2012

Founder, Chief Architect

Niche-based server monitoring system with iOS app. Acquired after 3 months of live operation.


2010 - 2011

Founder, Chief Architect

Creator of real-time analytics application with native mobile utility. Acquired after 11 months of operation.

BeaconAds, LLC.

2011 - 2011

Co-Founder, COO

Acquired 50% ownership, increasing annual revenue by over 200% becoming the largest niche-based advertising network. Acquired in 2011.


2008 - 2013

Founder, Editor in Chief

Started largest technology blog for churches and non-profits. Acquired in 2013.


2008 - 2009

Founder, Developer

Created first Christian and non-profit Twitter application. Acquired in 2009.

North Point Ministries

2008 - 2010

Creative Director, Technology Leader

Lead creative technology projects internal and external to the organization, created one of the first online broadcasting technologies in it's class.

Fox, NewsCorp

2007 - 2008

Executive Product Director

Chief strategist and product lead overseeing technology and business acquisition and assimilation, starting with Beliefnet and social networking products.


2007 - 2008

Founder, Core Developer

Founder of world's first dating and social network for World of Warcraft players. Acquired in 2008.

Second Adoption Media

2007 - 2008

Founder, CTO

Creator of first social network for adoptees and adopted people group. Acquired in 2007.

Dell, Inc.

2006 - 2008

Enterprise Developer, Innovation Technologist

Software developer and project manager creating solutions for the global online organization. Recognized social media technologist leading futurestate/greensfield projects.

Life Multimedia, Inc.

2006 - 2007

Founder, Developer

Boutique software and web design and business marketing agency in Atlanta, GA.

Johnson & Johnson

1999 - 2005


Contributed to international ecommerce system with Vistakon, a business unit of JnJ. Pioneered and introduced Flash technology to Acuvue.

Melkior Design, LLC.

1997 - 2005

Founder, Developer

My very real first company. Built websites and flash games.



Dallas Seminary

Dallas, TX

Master of Biblical Studies, Master of Christian Education

A double Master degree, focus on team-based behavioral psychology and education technology. Thesis on team and executive coaching via behavioral dynamics and assessments.

Georgia Tech

Atlanta, GA

Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology, and Culture

Focus in design and UX psychology and post modern philosophy. A number of independent studies via game design, online media, and communication.


Fun Facts

  • Father, Husband - Married 10 years, father to two beautiful girls.
  • Thought Leader - Quoted, referenced on Mashable, Lifehacker, TechCrunch, The Next Web, Ars Technica, Kotaku, CNN, Fox News, Forbes, and more.
  • Writer, Editor - Contributed and written for large blogs and other printed publications. Blogger since 2001.
  • Communicator - Frequently asked to public speak and present on topics for conferences, leadership summits, and seminars/workshops.
  • Twitter - Over 180,000 followers. Use it to connect with community and market my interests.
  • Trained for Olympics - Was highly competitive in Soccer playing internationally.
  • Pre-Marriage, Marriage Counselor - Certified while working on my graduate degrees.
  • Forever Student - I love to learn and will most likely continue to pursue education for the rest of my life.
  • Anthropology - Fascinated with cultural and social anthropology. I'll stop right there.
  • Language Lover - Knowledgeable in Spanish and having taken classes in French, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew besides software coding languages.
  • Soccer Coach - Hold and "G" and "F" License, currently coach oldest daughter's team.
  • Video Games - I love video games, especially retro.


  • Available Upon Request