John has over 25 years of experience within the IT, energy, and venture industries. Throughout his career he has played key roles in early stage venture capital firms that combine IT and energy investing.He invests at the intersection of IT and Energy with particular emphasis on advanced materials, renewable energy and software applications.
Prior to joining Energy Foundry, John was a Managing Director at Illinois Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm, and is a founding member of the Illinois Emerging Technology Funds. His portfolio investments won numerous awards including MIT top 10 Technologies, EPA Product of the year and WSJ Annual Technology Innovation Award. While there, he helped grow the firm from start-up to $70 million under management.
Earlier in his career, John was Managing Director of Keystone Venture Capital a venture capital firm making investments in early and expansion stage companies. John was the lead investor in several transactions as well as an active board member. Several of John’s investments were acquired or went public including CDNow.com, VST Technologies, Imaging Automation, Arnold Palmer Golf and EnvestNet.
John was an early member of Apex Venture Partners, a Chicago-based venture capital firm focusing on technology and business services. He made numerous investments including a manufacturer and specialty retailer, which grew over $200 million in revenue and a successful IPO. He started his career at General Dynamics where he received an Educational Fellowship, Emerald Recognition Award and held a top secret clearance.
John received a MBA from the University of Chicago. He also holds a MS and BS in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.