John-Simon Purcell is Senior Director, Product & Technical Strategy at Prosus Group/Naspers, where he advises on new venture investments and provides operating guidance to Prosus’ worldwide portfolio in the areas of product, growth, and technology. Prior to Prosus, John-Simon was Technical Director at Medialets, at the vanguard of the growing in-app rich media advertising industry. During his tenure there, John-Simon scaled systems to collect & analyze data for a product that was at one point on 85%+ of all iOS and Android devices. Previously, John-Simon guided Nokia’s Ovi Store, a B2C mobile experience with on-device and web based storefronts for billions of customers in every corner of the globe. A product globalization expert with boots-on-the-ground development & execution experience in over 120 markets, he also held several technology leadership roles at MTV Networks and Sun Microsystems. A requested presence at industry conferences, John-Simon started his career at Cambridge, MA startup Vermeer Technologies which was acquired by the Microsoft Corporation. John-Simon holds a B.A. from Boston University and a M.S. from Columbia University, in Computer Science respectively.