John is a 25-year technology-industry executive veteran. John has been a partner at Ignition since 2005 focusing principally on investments in enterprise software.
Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, he spent sixteen years at Microsoft in multiple and varied executive roles, including SVP of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of the Worldwide Enterprise Group, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, and Vice President and Corporate Controller.
John has led Ignition investments in XenSource (acquired by Citrix), Heroku (acquired by Salesforce.com), Parse (acquired by Facebook), Tier3 (acquired by CenturyLink), Scout Analytics (acquired by ServiceSource), and Xamarin (acquired by Microsoft). John also led Ignition’s investment in Splunk (IPO 2012) and currently serves on the Splunk board as the lead independent director. John’s current Ignition investments include FiREapps, Datasphere, Motif Investing, Chef, Azuqua, Tempered Networks, and Icertis. John is also a member of the board of Nike.
John received his BA in accounting from the University of Montana and was the institution’s 1997 Distinguished Alumni Award winner.
John and his wife Kathy have four children and are active in a wide range of philanthropic endeavors in the states of Washington and Montana.