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Founder & CEO of Niantic; Creator of Pokemon Go App & Former Leader of Google's Geo Division

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John Hanke is an American entrepreneur and business executive. He is the founder and current CEO of Niantic, Inc., a software development company spun out of Google that designed Ingress, Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

Hanke's career started at a video game design startup, Archetype Interactive, where he developed Meridian 59, one of the first commercial massively multiplayer online role-playing games. They sold the firm to The 3DO Company on the day he graduated from Berkeley in 1996 with an MBA. Hanke and Sellers created another entertainment startup, The Big Network, which was quickly sold in 2000 to eUniverse for $17.1 million.

Hanke later co-founded geospatial data visualization firm Keyhole in 2001 and acted as the firm's CEO. Early funding was provided by the corporate venture group within Sony, and the startup was able to garner significant attention from the use of their mapping technology in media reporting overlays during the early parts of the Iraq War. Keyhole's mapping technology was also noted by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, and the freshly-public Google bought Keyhole in 2004 for $35 million in stock.

Hanke joined Google as a part of Keyhole's acquisition, and he became the Vice President of Product Management for the Geo division. During this period, he oversaw the transformation of Keyhole's technology into Google Earth and Google Maps in 2005. He also negotiated an agreement to include Google Maps on the iPhone. Other significant products followed, including StreetView, SketchUp, and Panoramio. During this period, he shaped a team he would later use to form Niantic.

In 2010, Hanke was given resources to staff a gaming unit within Google and the new internal startup was dubbed Niantic Labs. Returning to his gaming roots, the company crafted an augmented reality location-based multiplayer game called Ingress. The game had a million players within a year of its 2013 release, and seven million by 2015. Hanke led Niantic's split from Google in late 2015 and raised $30 million from Google, Nintendo, and Pokémon. He stayed as the company's chief executive and guided the firm through the release of the much-covered Pokémon Go in July 2016, which generated more than $2 million in daily revenues. However, he has made public his concerns about the dangers of virtual realities.

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Founder & CEO of Niantic; Creator of Pokemon Go App & Former Leader of Google's Geo Division

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John Hanke Biography

John Hanke is an American entrepreneur and business executive. He is the founder and current CEO of Niantic, Inc., a software development company spun out of Google that designed Ingress, Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

Hanke's career started at a video game design startup, Archetype Interactive, where he developed Meridian 59, one of the first commercial massively multiplayer online role-playing games. They sold the firm to The 3DO Company on the day he graduated from Berkeley in 1996 with an MBA. Hanke and Sellers created another entertainment startup, The Big Network, which was quickly sold in 2000 to eUniverse for $17.1 million.

Hanke later co-founded geospatial data visualization firm Keyhole in 2001 and acted as the firm's CEO. Early funding was provided by the corporate venture group within Sony, and the startup was able to garner significant attention from the use of their mapping technology in media reporting overlays during the early parts of the Iraq War. Keyhole's mapping technology was also noted by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, and the freshly-public Google bought Keyhole in 2004 for $35 million in stock.

Hanke joined Google as a part of Keyhole's acquisition, and he became the Vice President of Product Management for the Geo division. During this period, he oversaw the transformation of Keyhole's technology into Google Earth and Google Maps in 2005. He also negotiated an agreement to include Google Maps on the iPhone. Other significant products followed, including StreetView, SketchUp, and Panoramio. During this period, he shaped a team he would later use to form Niantic.

In 2010, Hanke was given resources to staff a gaming unit within Google and the new internal startup was dubbed Niantic Labs. Returning to his gaming roots, the company crafted an augmented reality location-based multiplayer game called Ingress. The game had a million players within a year of its 2013 release, and seven million by 2015. Hanke led Niantic's split from Google in late 2015 and raised $30 million from Google, Nintendo, and Pokémon. He stayed as the company's chief executive and guided the firm through the release of the much-covered Pokémon Go in July 2016, which generated more than $2 million in daily revenues. However, he has made public his concerns about the dangers of virtual realities.

John Hanke Videos

  • 20 Questions with Niantic CEO John Hanke
    The creator of Pokémon Go shares his thoughts on the current state of augmented reality, the ethics of AI, and the superiority of giant squids ...
  • John Hanke's Mobile World Congress 2019 keynote: The biggest ...
    With low latency networks that 5G provides, new AR experiences can finally become a reality. During his keynote at Mobile World Congress ...
  • Pokémon Go boss John Hanke doesn't want people to stare at their ...
    Pokémon Go is one of the world's most popular games, and Niantic is responsible for its creation. At the GamesBeat 2016 conference in ...

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  • How to book John Hanke?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like John Hanke for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for John Hanke, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for John Hanke or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book John Hanke?

    Booking fees for John Hanke, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Hanke, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for John Hanke?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Hanke for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Hanke for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John Hanke or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John Hanke or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

John Hanke is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book John Hanke for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. John Hanke generally travels from San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Biz Stone, Evan Spiegel, Guy Kawasaki, Jon Steinberg and Meg Whitman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John Hanke for an upcoming event.

John Hanke Speaker Videos

  • 20 Questions with Niantic CEO John Hanke
    The creator of Pokémon Go shares his thoughts on the current state of augmented reality, the ethics of AI, and the superiority of giant squids ...
    John Hanke's Mobile World Congress 2019 keynote: The biggest ...
    With low latency networks that 5G provides, new AR experiences can finally become a reality. During his keynote at Mobile World Congress ...
  • Pokémon Go boss John Hanke doesn't want people to stare at their ...
    Pokémon Go is one of the world's most popular games, and Niantic is responsible for its creation. At the GamesBeat 2016 conference in ...
    Niantic Labs' John Hanke - "Adventures on Foot" - D.I.C.E. 2014 ...
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