John was recruited into venture after a long operating career with fast growing Silicon Valley companies like Sun and Silicon Graphics. For a decade prior to founding Inventus, he and Kanwal had invested in early-stage companies together. Inventus was a logical next step for them both as they saw the under-addressed opportunity to back Silicon Valley founders pursuing the lean startup model, including accessing global talent and resources in India. To date, John has backed several dozen Founders resulting in 8 liquidity events including two IPOs.
At Inventus, John has been Board Director of Vivu (ACQ: Polycom), Dhingana (ACQ: rd.io), Spotzot (ACQ: Valassis), and Sokrati (ACQ: Dentsu), and is currently on the Boards of Activity Hero, Credit Sesame, FarFaria, Motivo.ai, Resilinc & SysCloud.
A San Francisco native, John earned a BA & MBA from U.C. Berkeley. He’s also been a Charter Member of TiE mentoring ambitious entrepreneurs the past two decades.