John Knific

photo of John Knific Position(s): CEO and Co-Founder; DecisionDesk


John Knific is a seasoned entrepreneur and jazz pianist. He has extensive domain knowledge of the music education space. Since founding DecisionDesk in his dorm, John has led the DecisionDesk team to be featured among the top 25 young entrepreneurs in the US by Bloomberg Businessweek and grown the company be the leading provider of online audition services to universities. John is passionate about growing the young entrepreneur culture in Northeast Ohio. He is a regular guest lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, Kent State, Baldwin-Wallace College, Oberlin College, and more. Having graduated with a degree in Pre-Med Biology, John turned down an acceptance to Case Western Reserve University's Medical School to grow DecisionDesk. He is grateful for the support of the region, his investors, and his colleagues, and has been an invaluable resource for LaunchU and mentor for countless Obies.