Jon Warner: Co-founder & CEO, Silver Moonshots

Jon Warner is a five-time CEO and is widely respected entrepreneurship expert having founded and led three startups (with two successful exits). Jon’s career started in the corporate world with Air Products and Chemicals, working in the US and across Europe before joining Exxon-Mobil. At Exxon, Jon worked in the UK, the US, Australia, and Nigeria, ending his career there as Deputy CEO. Following his 15 years in the corporate world Warner founded and grew a management consulting business-The Worldwide Center for Organizational Development, which had 30 people carrying out a range of strategy assignments for large companies such as Ford Motor Company, L’Oreal, British Airways, HSBC, Microsoft, Glaxo, Foster-Wheeler, Toyota, Johnson and Johnson, Coca-Cola, PWC, The UK NHS, Roche and MasterCard. Much of this work focused on building an innovative culture and establishing greater internal entrepreneurship skills.

Following his time as a management consultant Warner was CEO of two startups, a digital publishing company and a bill-pay and payments software platform that operated in the US, UK, and Australia. Since his successful exit from the latter Warner has been working from a California base to mentor and invest in disruptive start up companies, especially in the area of technology deployment and aging tech in particular. Warner manages the deal flow into a Los Angeles based Healthcare investment fund-Adaptive Health Capital.

Warner’s career has included senior executive roles in marketing, business development, operations, logistics, finance, investment, human resources and engineering/technology. Warner is a noted speaker at businesses and colleges across the world. He is also a prolific author having published 40 books, all concerning business, management, leadership, innovation and technology. A native Englishman, Warner moved from the UK to Australia for 15 years before relocating to Los Angeles in 2004.  Warner is a graduate of the top five Warwick University in the UK, with a double bachelor’s degree in philosophy and politics and an MBA (with a finance specialism). Warner also has a PhD in Psychology (with a specialism in Neuro-science). Warner sits on the Board of St Barnabas, LA’s largest Aging in place non-profit, Is LA Chapter Ambassador for Aging 2.0 and is Co-chair of the annual “Aging into the future” conference in LA. He is also an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at UC Riverside. He is married to psychologist, management consultant and author Anne Sandberg, and has four grown up children.

What do you love most about Your City?

Palm Springs is a beautiful place full of people who are here to enjoy life as much as possible

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Lulu’s which has big open windows to the street

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Responding to enquiries from Silver Moonshots clients form all over the world

10:00 AM – Talking with companies who want to pursue Silver Moonshots for older adults and make their lives better

12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?

849 restaurant in Palm Springs

7:00 PM -  Winding down with a glass of wine in my back yard looking at the local mountains San Jacinto at 10,000+ feet)

11:00 PM - Sleeping-I am in bed by 10 latest

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Water or iced tea

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Linkedin - I have nearly 9,000 contacts on LinkedIn and can therefore readily reach many like-minded people in groups and by writing and publishing articles on the platform

What should everyone try at least once?

Segway scooters

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

In Hawaii hiking