With a wide-ranging background that spans being a professional action-sports athlete, to working at startups like Tesla Motors, JOhn Rokos will share several of his stories from these experiences, and highlight the nuances of the different cultures that shaped and influenced those specific situations as well as how they inform a broader understanding of culture and how it can positively, and negatively, influence a startups progress.
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JOhn Rokos serves as the founder, chief executive officer, and product architect for Enemy Tree, LLC™, the parent company of the next level news platform, Mosaiscope™. His passion lies in progressive design, sustainable thinking and radically useful solutions.
JOhn was interested in cars at an early age of 14 and already knew he wanted to drive sustainably. He quickly gravitated towards electric cars and worked to build one himself. After over a year of saving, researching and joining the local electric car association, he calculated the build would cost tens of thousands of dollars (well beyond his means) and result in a less then adequate vehicle.
JOhn, disheartened by the figure, was encouraged by his mother to get a bicycle instead. He did, and with his typical zeal ended up pursuing everything he could on a bike; from racing mountain and road bikes up and down the east coast to eventually finding his true passion in freestyle BMX (bicycle motocross).
JOhn continued to sharpen his BMX freestyle skills while earning his undergrad from Frostburg State University in Maryland. After graduation, JOhn hit the road to pursue his dream of becoming a professional freestyle BMX rider, which gave him the gift of international travel as well as living, working and training at the world famous Woodward Camp in Pennsylvania, further enhancing his skills in the sport.
After achieving his dream of being a professional freestyle BMX rider, he continued his education to pursue his passion in business. JOhn earned an MBA from the Penn State Smeal College of Business, which led to a career at BIC Consumer Products where he was in charge of Wite-Out®’s brand management, along with several other brands. Filled with knowledge and experience, but stymied by BIC’s slow evolution, he eventually sought out another employer more aligned with his progressive spirit and personal vaues, and was hired by Tesla Motors, Inc. in 2008.
After nearly six years at Tesla, inspired by Elon Musk and the countless innovators and risk takers he was able to work with during his time there, JOhn decided to pursue his own dreams and build something great. Two years of dedication and hard work later, Enemy Tree, LLC was born and now, their first product, Mosaiscope.
When he’s not consumed by a passionate project and building a company, you can find JOhn on anything with two wheels (with or without a motor), at a makerspace building something, or outside hiking, camping, or keeping up with current events, interests and news.