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John Wolpert is a Chief Product Officer, speaker and the author of The Two But Rule: Turn Negative Thinking Into Positive Solutions. He is also the founder of several companies including Tacitpath, Flywheel and Layer2.  At his heart, John is a creative innovator, known for spearheading industry-changing projects such as the Baseline Protocol. During his career John has held three roles at IBM including as a global product executive. His writings on open source and open innovation have appeared in Harvard Business Review. John got a B.A.with Honors in Humanities with a focus on Linguistics, Anthropology and Neuroscience from UC Berkeley.  He later got his MBA at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. 


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