John joined Menlo Ventures in 1985. Over the past 30 years, he has led Menlo’s investments in nearly 50 portfolio companies, primarily in the communications, storage, semiconductor, Internet and financial technology sectors. He currently sits on the boards of Betterment, Credit Sesame, and DataXu.
John has been the lead investor in multiple venture capital funded companies that have had successful IPOs including UUNET Technologies, the world’s largest Internet access provider (UUNT), Digital Insight, the pioneering leader in Internet banking (DGIN), Cavium Networks, the leading provider of security communication chips (CAVM), Ascend Communications (ASND), FaxSav (EASY), iBasis (IBAS), SpectraLink (SLNK), and Syntellect (SXNT).
Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, John spent his childhood in Martins Ferry, a coal mining and steel town in southeast Ohio. Despite dire financial circumstances after the loss of both his parents as a teenager, John attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering) and credits the University’s need-blind admissions with his ability to achieve a world-class education. John then went on to receive his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
John is a life member of the MIT Board of Trustees (known as the Corporation) and is the former president of the MIT Alumni Association. He is a member of the Stanford GSB Advisory Council and has also served as chairman of the Stanford GSB Management Board.
Ascend Communications (ASND, now part of Lucent)
Cavium Networks (CAVM)
Digital Insight (DGIN)
UUNET Technologies (UUNT, now part of Verizon)
Syntellect (SXNT, now part of Enghouse Systems)
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