Hi, my name is John Marbach and this is my blog. I work on Growth Marketing at Grafana. During my free time, I am the developer of a handful of side projects:

  • Concorde – find the cheapest flights from your home airport to hundreds of destinations worldwide.
  • Modern Pricing – earn more revenue through personalized pricing in real-time.
  • SatoshiVPN – run your own private and anonymous VPN server.
  • HighContext – serverless JSON blob storage.


I am the mix of a web entrepreneur/developer/internet marketer/technology enthusiast. Information sharing on the web fascinates me. It has allowed for interaction, learning, and design choices that are changing 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.

My work has been featured in BBC News, Condé Nast TravelerLifehacker, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications.


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

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 education system, live a life of endless curiosity

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.”

If you are interested in staying connected with me outside of this blog:

[email protected]


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