Entrepreneurship Founders

John E. Richards

Membership Information:

Member Status: Platinum
Current Position: Head of Operations, Google Fiber (Provo, UT)
Member Since: 2000


Job Title: President
Company: Startup Ignition, LLC
Location: Utah, United States


  • - Creating New Ventures
  • - Business Management
  • - New Venture Financing
  • - Angel Investing
  • - Venture Capital
  • - Capitalization
  • - University Education
  • - Publishing
  • - Advertising
  • - Software (Mobile, Web, Desktop)
  • - Lean Startup


John E. Richards is an entrepreneur, venture investor, executive manager, and educator. His activities have included founding, running, selling, and investing in several enterprises. He mentors entrepreneurs frequently. Most recently, he founded Startup Ignition, an entrepreneur bootcamp in Provo, Utah. He was appointed Presidential Executive in Residence for Entrepreneurship by Utah Valley University. He served as Google Fiber’s Head of Operations as it landed in Provo, Utah. He spent over a decade teaching entrepreneurship at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he helped bring the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology to global prominence. He was managing partner of UtahAngels, a venture investing group. He co-founded BoomStartup, a tech accelerator in Utah, and also founded the Utah Student 25. Early in his career, he was president of a publishing company in Seattle, Washington and later started the first-ever online yellow pages that led to an initial public offering and a multi-billion-dollar valuation as part of InfoSpace, Inc. John is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events. He has four adult children and three grandchildren. He and his wife reside in Provo, Utah.