John Kennelly is a 10-year tech industry veteran. He began his career at Accenture in tech consulting and was later part of back-to-back software acquisitions, one to Google and the other to Apple. John is a lover of all things startup and has since moved back in the direction of early-stage technology, this time in hardware. As employee #1 at b8ta, a retail-as-a-service platform, John launched the Partnerships team that grew the b8ta flagship business to over 79 locations around the US. John continues to oversee b8ta’s Partnerships team, managing the team of 5 who fills b8ta’s stores with the most innovative products on the planet, while also securing b8ta’s larger partnerships like Google and Dolby.