Concentrate LLC
Accelerate Growth & Problem Solving
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Interim Management, Turnarounds, Go-To-Market Strategy & Advisory By A Public/Private Company Tech CEO

Concentrate provides interim CEO, turnaround, CEO coaching, fractional Corp Dev and strategy consulting for technology management teams and their boards and investors.

Services are provided by John Payne and a team of associates who have worked together over many companies and projects to solve business problems and accelerate growth and market traction.

John is the former CEO of two public Internet software companies, founder of two successful banking software firms, an experienced inventor/patent owner and multi-time turnaround or interim CEO.

He has raised over $700 million in public and private equity, including $250 million+ in early stage venture and is the inventor of more than 25 patents issued by the US Patent and Trademark office in smartphone, cybersecurity, social search, digital mail and mobile messaging technologies.


Focus Areas Include:

  • Enterprise Software / SaaS

  • Consumer Internet

  • FinTech, RE Tech & RegTech

  • Digital Currency & Blockchain

  • Cybersecurity

  • Mobile / Wireless / Apps

  • Patent and IP Monetization

  • Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs)

  • Corporate Carve Outs



120 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

(949) 436-6802

Ways To Engage

Interim CEO or chairman

John acts as Interim CEO or Chairman during a management transition or leave, often leading the search for new management or rebuilding a high performing team.

As Interim Chairman, his goal is to work side by side with the current team to make the CEO and management team hyper-successful and solve problems limiting the growth of the company. He also provides corporate development, business development and public policy work.

He is available on a full or part time basis for interim assignments on “an average of” 3-4 days per week during an engagement. Geographic focus is Southern California, but includes the Western States.

PE/VC Operating Support

Assistance to investors in sourcing, due diligence, industry expertise, interim operating management and troubleshooting.

Private equity and venture capital support for unusual or distressed situations. Guidance for new or interim management teams.

Available as a member of portfolio company Board of Directors or Chairman in relevant markets.

strategic turnarounds

Turnaround of troubled technology companies, either to drive acceleration of the business or for the identification of strategic alternatives, including managing the sale of the business if needed.

Focus is on evaluating business model problems, finding strategic market fit, resolving team challenges and accelerating the growth of the business to create shareholder value, not just cost cutting. Includes go to market strategies and pricing.

Turnaround efforts can be done as interim management or on a consulting basis to accelerate the efforts of the existing management team. Focus on trying to make the current team successful, if possible.

spac advisory & traditional financings

Assistance to technology companies and SPAC Sponsors in identifying the proper fit for target companies ready to be Public and suitable for the SPAC IPO process. Includes target search, SPAC education and consulting for management teams and transaction support.

Also, assistance to management teams and investors in preparing for and securing traditional financing, including conventional private and public financing structures, REG A+ capital raises, SPACs and non-ICO (traditional security) token offerings.

Jumpstart CEO coaching

CEO coaching and strategy development. Go-To-Market strategy and messaging. Also direct assistance with projects, troubleshooting or corporate development during times of growth or trouble.

Focus is on marketing strategy, product positioning and messaging, business model troubleshooting, revenue growth, market and product development, company strategy and executive development paired with struggling members of the team.

Starts with a free 30 minute call where John will learn about your company and give feedback on your project and challenges. Use the Contact page or send an email to .

patent strategy

Many technology companies develop portfolios of patents and other intellectual property during the course of building their business, either for offensive or defensive reasons. Frequently these intellectual property rights are fallow assets. When companies or investors wish to evaluate from a business and license perspective the best way to realize value for those assets, Concentrate provide the business (not legal) analysis for that process.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
But in practice, there is.
— Manfred Eigen, German Scientist 1927