Saji Johnson

Chief Business & Innovation Officer in San Francisco, California, United States

A serial entrepreneur and executive in emerging technology and corporate innovation and transformation with multiple startup exits, investment experience, and multi-billion-dollar corporate revenue growth transformations.

Notably, I'm known for being a member of the Nokia Wireless R&D group which lead the development and launch of text and media messaging for North America.

Currently, I'm the Founding Partner and Chief Innovation Officer for REAL Company, a firm with $30MM in exposure.

Prior, I was SVP of Innovation, Digital, and Product Strategy for the 5th largest lender in America - our omnichannel solution lead to a $5BB growth in originations/month and asset portfolio growth to $130BB.

Former Venture Partner and Head of Innovation for Inspirit Ventures, a Barcelona and San Francisco venture firm focusing on global tech investments.

Former CEO of AdLocal Americas, location-based mobile ad platform - sold to Yahoo Japan!

Former CEO of Weatherista, weather and fashion algorithm platform - sold to Kalpa Ventures, a Cisco Systems subsidiary.

Former CEO of CopaCast, a hyper-targeting omnichannel ad platform - sold to Huang Family, a Chinese hedge fund.

Former SVP Business & Marketing / GM of Mobile of gBox, first social gifting platform - sold to eForce, an Omnicom subsidiary.

Former Executive Director of Mobile & Global Operations of PlayPhone, mobile content distribution- sold to GungHo.

Former President of SkyWorld, marketing platform - sold to private equity

Investor and advisor to various startups in tech, green, and social impact space

International experience in 10 plus countries launching products.

Deep passion for social impact and and creating good for people and planet.

First job was at age 5 as a farm hand on our farm.

First signs of entrepreneurialism was in 4th grade launching Pencils Plus, our school store.

An adventurer and global traveler experiencing 35 plus countries including living in 3 different ones.

  • Work
    • Freedom Mortgage's BIGfreedom
  • Education
    • Team Managment Leadership Program
    • Communications Curriculum
    • Landmark Education
    • Boston University