John co-founded August Capital in 1995. Prior to that he served as a general partner with Technology Venture Investors (TVI) from 1988, and Hambrecht & Quist Venture Partners (H&Q) from 1983 to 1988. During his venture career, John has invested in more than 25 technology companies, serving on more than 20 boards of directors.
Since the mid-90’s, John’s primary focus has been internet commerce and software as a service companies and he has been an investor in companies such as Postini (acquired by Google), Shopping.com (acquired by eBay), eShop (acquired by Microsoft), and Cygnus Solutions (acquired by RedHat).
In addition to his U.S. venture capital experience, John worked in Hong Kong for five years at a pioneering Asian venture capital firm, Inter-Asia Management Co., Ltd. (IAM). While at IAM, he participated in investments such as McDonald’s Restaurants (HK) Ltd. and Ikea Furniture (HK) Ltd., and was active as a board member in the management of several portfolio companies.
John received an BA in English from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University. He is a past director of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists.
Current August investments: Amount, Avant, INRIX, and Urban Airship.
Previous August investments: Adchemy (acquired by Walmart), Cygnus Solutions (acquired by RedHat), Devicescape (acquired by Pareteum), Enuvis (acquired by SiRF), Postini (acquired by Google), Radlan (acquired by Marvell Semiconductor), Summit Microelectronics (acquired by Qualcomm), Threadsy (acquired by Facebook) and Valicert (acquired by Tumbleweed).
Other previous investments: eShop (acquired by Microsoft), Frame Technology (acquired by Adobe), Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU), Logic Automation (acquired by Synopsys), Saros (acquired by FileNet), Sybase (NYSE: SY), Visio (acquired by Microsoft) and Xilinx (NASDAQ: XLNX).