He has featured in 275 mainstream media items including articles from CNN, Forbes, New Scientist, Washington Post, and France 24, and has given over 60 talks and been on 25 panels at venues including Stanford, Tsinghua University, US Library of Congress, and University of Chile. John is Co-Founder of boards.ie (Ireland's largest discussion forum website; Wikipedia article), adverts.ie (classified ads website), and StreamGlider (real-time streaming newsreader app). He has won two IIA Net Visionary Awards, an ITAG Outstanding Contribution to the ICT Sector Award, a Galway Chamber President's Award, and a Best Irish-Published Book Award. He was an Advisor to AYLIEN and Rep.ly. He is Co-Founder of the PorterShed (Galway City Innovation District), and serves on the Steering Group of Scale Ireland. John is Cathaoirleach (Chair) of Gaillimh le Gaeilge, a Former Director and Past Chair of WestBIC, and a Director Emeritus of the American Council of Exercise. He undertook the Entrepreneurship Development Program with Bill Aulet at MIT in 2017. He also runs the Breslin Archive since 2019 and the Tomita Fansite since 1995. He likes Japanese and French culture. From the Burren, he lives in Connemara, and holidays in Carcassonne.