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John Dee

Placewise Americas


In the early days of the Internet, I was fortunate enough to work at MCI on Vint Cerf’s Internet team where we had a front row seat to a true communications revolution. We were pioneering the infrastructure on the “information superhighway”, building the plumbing if you will. We came across lots of ideas and early digital business models, many of them centered around retail.

And years later it still seems like the waves of change just keep coming with greater speed and deeper impact on society as a whole.  

At some point I made the move from the world of Internet plumbing into Internet applications and services. I became fascinated by how people and society interacted digitally, and the impact that was having on retail and commerce.  

Today, I feel lucky to lead an amazing team of professionals at PlaceWise who work hard to contribute in our own modest way to the digital revolution in retail.  

Exploring the ebb and flow of retail in the digital world is what I wake up thinking about every day. And It remains a really fun ride.  

When I’m not thinking retail, I’m probably watching hockey, riding my bike or throwing down some sweet beats as DJ Yahya! I am lucky enough to born and raised in colorful and most awesome Colorado!

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