John Street is an award-winning entrepreneur who has launched many new businesses, including four that garnered Inc. 500 status. John has served on several commercial Boards and has been involved in a wide variety of startups, ranging from telecommunications and high tech to agricultural biotech. John has also served on many civic Boards. He is currently Chairman Emeritus of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, where, through his long-term involvement, he was largely credited with turning around from near bankruptcy to a thriving, growing institution. He also currently serves on the Board for the Institute for Cultural Evolution, an emerging think tank focused on how integral philosophy can mitigate the effects of hyper-polarity in American society today. His civic efforts also include his work as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines in the 1980’s.
John moved to Colorado Springs in 1986 to help turn around a struggling long-distance service provider. As Telephone Express, they grew the enterprise into the largest Rocky Mountain based long distance service provider with annual sales of $85M (achieving an Inc. 500 ranking of #13 in 1992). John was recognized regionally as EOY’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 1995. John branched into internet services in 1992 and in 1995, founded USA.Net, which launched the world’s first web-based email service. At its peak, USA.Net had 33 million users. He grew his Colorado Springs staff from 17 people in 1997 to over 500 in 1999. After leaving USA.Net in 2000, John founded MX Logic in 2002, which by 2009 became one of the world’s largest providers of email and web security and is now part of McAfee/Intel. He also served on the Board of MS Biotec as Chairman from 2009 to 20018. MS Biotec is an innovative agricultural biotech organization pioneering the use of introducing natural microbial organisms into the rumen of feed animals to increase the efficiency of their digestion.
John’s most recent startup, Pax8 (founded in 2012), is redefining distribution for cloud IT products and services. Pax8 is creating a complete cloud commerce marketplace, aggregating leading solutions for outsourced IT service providers to efficiently manage their clientele’s cloud operations. As of 2020, Pax8 has grown to 550 employees, 300M in sales and currently poised to become the world’s favorite place for IT professionals to buy cloud products and services.
A musician at heart (he plays clarinet and piano), John is the executive producer of “Jumpin’ Jazz Kids – A Swinging Jungle Tale”, which was a Grammy finalist in 2013. His clarinet work on the recording (he was coerced into it) was thankfully enhanced by the recording engineers to ensure that it did not detract from the performance of the true professional musicians who contributed to this outstanding work. He is also a co-producer with Steve Barta of the newly released orchestration of Claude Bolling’s classic work “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano”.
John is a graduate of University of Notre Dame and is a CPA. He is a long-term member of YPO. He and his wife Mary Beazley have two great kids, Alice and Ethan.
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Polarity #4 is MERCY & JUSTICE. Mercy for the individual becomes unjust without concern for the good of the whole. And to be truly virtuous, justice must be balanced with care for each person.
Polarity #3 is COMPETITION & COOPERATION. One without the other can become problematic. But when both of these are brought together in a mutually correcting relationship that provides for both *challenge and support,* the value-creating potential of each side is maximized.
Polarity #2 is REAL & IDEAL. Each pole needs the other. Realism alone can lead to a cynical acceptance of a dysfunctional status quo. And unrealistic idealism can result in ineffectual wishful thinking. But through mutual co-correction they can fortify our power to improve things
In this new article by Carter Phipps, he asks where 50 years of "I'll do me and you do you" has gotten us.
This tweet is the first in a series of our favorite positive-positive interdependent polarities: LIBERTY & EQUALITY. These two values need each other to maximize their value creating capacity. Through a dynamic relationship of challenge and support, each pole trues-up the other.