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Columbia University, MS 2013
Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods
St. John's College (MD), BA
Philosophy, Mathematics

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John Johnson

John Johnson is the Director of the Harmony Institute, a research organization that studies the social impact of entertainment media. He consults with media creatives, socially conscious film funds and production companies to help their work achieve concrete, positive change in specific target constituencies.

He is co-founder of, a trend detector and platform for transmitting contagious media and is the founder of Eyebeam, a MacArthur and NEA funded non-profit art and technology laboratory in New York City.

John is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and is author of a book in production titled The Atlas of Art and Capital, a visual exploration of the financial, social and cultural capital models of legendary art enterprises from Burning Man to Andy Warhol’s Factory.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
VHX 6/2012Seed$1.25M10
BuzzFeed 5/2010Series B$8M8
BuzzFeed 7/2008Series A$3.5M4



  1. VHX Raises $1.25 Million From Lerer Ventures And Angels To Democratize Video Distribution Online ( [edit]
  2. TechCrunch ( [edit]
  3. Trend Site Buzzfeed Raises $3.5 Million First Round ( [edit]
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