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, DataXu, and RealtyShares.
John has been the lead investor in multiple venture capital funded companies that have had successful IPOs and achieved billion dollar valuations, including UUNET Technologies, the world’s largest Internet access provider (UUNT; now part of Verizon), Digital Insight, the pioneering leader in Internet banking (DGIN; now part of Intuit), and Cavium Networks, the leading provider of security communication chips (NASDAQ: CAVM). Additional companies that achieved public exits where John was a lead investor include 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 the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (MBA).
John is a trustee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is the former president of the MIT Alumni Association. He is a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council and has 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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