Ferrick has been actively involved in the merging of computer and
multimedia technology long before "multimedia" became a buzzword.
A high school student in 1965, he was chosen to
participate in an experimental IBM program to teach kids programming. The
experience was not lost on John as he started a sound reinforcement business,
based on his new knowledge. A forerunner of the Sabine Feedback Elimination
System, his company provided the concert PA for Carly Simon, Seals
and Crofts, Livingston/James Taylor, Yes, Fleetwood
Mac, and many of the other major artists at the time.
He then put his attention to networking,
developing the first Distributed Intelligence Network Management system at Paradyne.
As a Director of Strategic Marketing and Sales at National
Semiconductor, helped develop the Ethernet chipset marketplace with
Novell. As a Group VP Systems and Service at Novell, was
responsible for the American Airlines Network, the CNE program, and the NBC
Olympic network coverage.
Founded Network Computing in
1990, an intelligent agent networking company, which he sold to Seagate in
1995. Has been a venture capitalist for the last 5 years, specializing
in the merging of computer and media communications.
John and his wife Sharyn spend there summers on
their boat Stately Runner in Alaska, where they also offer Wild
life, Natural History Photography and Camcorder trips.