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John Rodkin
Lecturer in Law


John Rodkin is a practicing entrepreneur who has been the CEO and co-founder of three venture-backed companies, two of which exited successfully. The first, flyswat, launched the contextual hyperlink advertising market and was acquired by NBC Internet for $120 million. The second, ClickShift, was a search engine marketing company acquired by WebTrends that grew to manage over $100 million in annual client spend. The third was an insurance business that eventually failed. He started all three of these companies while a law student at the University of Chicago. In addition to the venture-backed businesses, John has exited successfully one small LBO and one self funded enterprise. He began his career as an engineer and, during school, spent summers in BigLaw and venture capital. John has BS and M.Eng degrees from MIT and JD and MBA degrees from the University of Chicago, where he was also a lecturer in law for three years.