John Tedesco

Find your Zone of Genius

I’m passionate about all things early stage tech. I have been involved in this ecosystem for over two decades. I’m drawn to its ability to disrupt entrenched power interests in pursuit of improving the status quo.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of amazing founders over the years. I have enjoyed witnessing their specific zone of genius in action. And I have found it intellectually stimulating to compare their common traits as well as their unique qualities.

Working with me can be described as…intense. As a native New Yorker, I have a direct, WSYIWIG style which many people find refreshing in a world of grin-fucking. You may not agree with what I say but my position on a topic will be clear.





Life Motto

Achieve one's full potential

Zone of Genius

Quickly getting to the essence of any problem


John Wooden, Mike Krzyzewski - Built systems that created winning teams for decades.

Favorite Economist

Joseph Schumpeter - Coined “creative destruction” and the concepts of innovation and technological disruption.

Little Known Fact

I have completed seven marathons.

Outside of Arena

In some form of motion - hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing, running.



We were at a crossroads in our company's journey, facing significant challenges that required immediate attention. Arena Partners stepped in as our trusted CEO Advisors and helped us navigate through the storm. With their guidance, we developed a comprehensive roadmap to overcome obstacles and seize opportunities. Their hands-on approach in problem-solving, combined with their vast industry experience, allowed us to make informed decisions and execute effective strategies. Arena Partners' unwavering support and expertise were integral in turning our company around and setting us on a path of sustainable growth.

Ted Wormins

Arena Partners brought a fresh perspective and innovative solutions to our biggest strategic problems. As our CEO Advisors, they thoroughly analyzed our business model, market dynamics, and competitive landscape. Their strategic recommendations were nothing short of game-changing. With their insights, we were able to identify new revenue streams, pivot our product offerings, and gain a competitive edge in the market. Arena Partners' expertise in strategic planning and execution significantly influenced our growth trajectory and positioned us for long-term success.

Hellena Snout

Arena Partners played a pivotal role in our company's rapid growth and expansion. As our CEO Advisors, they provided invaluable guidance and strategic insights that allowed us to navigate complex challenges and make informed decisions. Their expertise in scaling technology startups helped us streamline our operations, optimize our resources, and achieve remarkable results. With their support, we were able to attract top talent, build a high-performing team, and scale our business to new heights.

Thomas Stinson
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