Hi, my name is John Marbach and this is my blog. I am the mix of a web entrepreneur/developer/Internet marketer/social media enthusiast. Information sharing on the web fascinates me. It has allowed for interaction, learning, and design choices that have changed the way we humans live in the 21st century. My vision for the future of the Internet aligns with the emergence of The Synaptic Web.


I’m part of— Y Combinator Alumni, Thiel Fellowship Class of 2011, TEDxWakeForestU

I’m good at— user experience design, thinking unconventionally, leading diverse teams, rallying my peers

I spend my free time— reading design and tech blogs, running, mixing electronic dance music

I’m obsessed with— airplanes, Humans of New York, great pizza, live music (any type!)

I aspire to— bring back supersonic air travel, impact the public education system, live a life of endless curiosity

In more detail…

In January 2012 I founded Glider, an email filtering service that moves bacn emails away from your inbox.

I am a graduate of The Hun School of Princeton, and I matriculated to Wake Forest University in the fall of 2011. In December 2011 I began my work as a Thiel Fellow, in addition to joining the Y Combinator winter 2012 funding cycle. I returned to Wake Forest in 2013 to pursue a degree in Computer Science. When I’m not online, I enjoy rowing in my spare time.

Click here to see a map of where I’ve lived.

This blog ties into my strong belief in the former billionaire (one of America’s first) Andrew Carnegie’s saying:

No man becomes rich unless he enriches others.

My favorite book:

Outliers by Malcom Gladwell. From The New York Times book review:

Gladwell’s latest book, “Outliers,” is a passionate argument for taking the second version of the story more seriously than we now do. “It is not the brightest who succeed,” Gladwell writes. “Nor is success simply the sum of the decisions and efforts we make on our own behalf. It is, rather, a gift. Outliers are those who have been given opportunities — and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.”

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