John (Pathfinder) Lester

Product Design, community Development, and fintech in Montreal, Québec, Canada

John (Pathfinder) Lester

Product Design, community Development, and fintech in Montreal, Québec, Canada

Me: Community | Fintech + Blockchains | Product Design + Management | Immersive Learning | Healthcare | Virtual Worlds | Infosec

I strongly believe the opportunity has never been greater for blockchain-enabled systems to revolutionize financial services, promote sources of truth, increase social good and positively change people’s lives. Online communities, distributed networks and product development are my lifelong passions.

I'm currently working on Technical Product Marketing and Community Development at Oneiro Inc., developing a new buoyant digital currency that is designed and optimized for the long-term store of value. I also do volunteer work with Ravencoin, an Open Source community-organized project building a blockchain service as the rails for assets and securities.

I serve on the Board of Directors of Virtual Ability Inc., a non-profit helping people with disabilities by building online communities of support using 3D virtual world technologies. And in my free time I use platforms like Unity, Unreal and Opensimulator to design immersive multiuser learning experiences.

Previously I've worked on Product Design at Achievement Network, an education nonprofit helping boost student learning. I was a Product Manager at OpenText where I focused on content analytics and NLP applied to unstructured information in enterprise environments. I also worked at Linden Lab where I led the development of the education and healthcare markets for the Second Life platform while evangelizing the innovative use of virtual worlds in research, art and immersive learning. My background in neuroscience research began at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where I created some of the first online patient support communities and multiuser online medical education systems.

My hobbies include being a friend to animals and fixing old clocks.

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