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John Ferrick's Bio


John Ferrick's Stately Runner

John 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.


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