John went into venture after an operating career with fast growing Silicon Valley companies.  He’s known Kanwal for decades and they co-invested in early stage companies for nearly 10 years prior to founding Inventus with Samir.

Industry Executive

John started his career leading channel marketing for IBM, Microsoft, and Intel product lines.  He then went into product marketing and business management at Sun and Silicon Graphics during the growth years of the workstation industry.

Venture Investor

John was recruited into venture in 1997, and has since worked with dozens of founding teams resulting in 8 liquidity events including two IPOs to date.  John started in venture with Scale Venture Partners where he was one of the founders raising their first two funds totaling $600 million.
John co-founded Inventus with Kanwal & Samir in 2005 as they saw the emergence of the lean startup model and the globalization of the technology startup ecosystem. At Inventus John’s been a Board Director at Vivu (ACQ: Polycom), Dhingana (ACQ: rd.io), Spotzot (ACQ: Valassis), and Sokrati. He is currently Board Director for Activity Hero, CreditSesame, Resilinc, and SysCloud.  John is particularly interested in new digital marketplaces and services-led technology businesses, but particularly looks forward to working with great technology entrepreneurs regardless of the software or services sector.

Education

A San Francisco native, John earned a BA from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. He’s also been a Charter Member of TiE mentoring ambitious entrepreneurs.