John Bhakdi is CEO and Chief Investment Officer at i2X, a scientific investment framework that combines the best US seed funds and incubators into one high performing fund product: The i2X Innovation Index. Through a blend of fund- and co-investments, it offers risk-mitigated exposure to thousands of the best technology startups in the world, and consistently generates 20%+ annual returns. John started his career as Strategy Consultant for the strategic marketing arm of JWT Europe. As Strategy Director of Scholz & Friends, WPP's largest central European agency network, he focused on corporate innovation, including M&A activities around technology and media companies, as well as C-level partnerships with over 30 Fortune 500 and Eurostoxx 50 companies. He later served as Executive Director at Omnicom's BBDO Group and Executive Vice President at eChinaCash, a Peter Norton backed technology startup based in Beijing and Los Angeles. John graduated as fastest student on record with a masters in economics and psychology from Tubingen University, one of Germany's 11 elite universities. His hobbies are innovation and the strategy of progress. John's work on scientific Venture Capital investing, startups and innovation has been published by the Wall Street Journal, Springer Science, The Journal of Private Equity, Opalesque, the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association and other industry-leading publications.