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John Pollard (JP)

John Pollard (JP)

Senior Vice President of Spectra

John, also known as JP, runs Spectra, Lighthouse’s SaaS platform.

JP was EVP and Chief Revenue Officer at Donuts Inc, responsible for the largest registry of Top-Level Domains in the world. John managed Product, Operations, Sales, and Marketing. Donuts was acquired by the PE firm Abry Partners in October 2018.

After his time at Amazon running the company’s Customer Reviews and Answers platform, JP was CEO in Residence in Madrona Venture Group’s labs team, working on a startup in the AI/ML/Chat commerce space.

John was a Co-founder and CEO at Elemental Foundry, which was acquired by in 2015. Elemental made Sprio, a private group communication platform, and TapClips, a novel video capture app that was purchased by Sports Illustrated.

He was also Co-founder and the CEO of Jott, which was acquired by Nuance Communications in 2009. Jott had a great run in the early days of iPhone, earning #1 position in Productivity Apps, and was featured in Apple print media and public relations. While at Nuance, he was the VP and General Manager of Nuance’s Voice to Text Services division, which during his time grew from zero to over 80 million unique, paid, and recurring users worldwide.

JP was an early manager at Expedia – when it was still the Travel Business Unit inside Microsoft. He led Expedia’s international breakout, launching its presence in the UK, Germany, and Australia. After Expedia’s spin-out and IPO, JP built and launched Expedia’s first Corporate Travel product, and what was perhaps the first mobile travel app: Expedia To Go.

John had a two-part, 13-year career at Microsoft: beginning in the early 90s, he was a Product Manager both for massive products (Office), as well as more experimental ones ( In his second go-around – after Expedia – he was a Senior Director in Mobile.

Fresh out of college, John was at Harvard’s Institute for International Development, managing a portfolio of grants to medical research teams in Thailand, Indonesia, and Pakistan.

John received his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. from Kenyon College.