Eric joined August Capital in 2010 to focus on investing in later stage growth companies to provide capital for growth, acquisitions, recapitalizations and shareholder liquidity. Eric has broad investing, transaction and operating experience in private and public growth companies.
Immediately, prior to joining August Capital, Eric was a partner at Continental Investors where he invested in ecommerce and software companies; and financial technology and service companies. His transaction experience includes several years of investment banking at Merrill Lynch & Co including the position of Co-Head of Technology Investment Banking. Eric also served as an Executive in Residence at Golden Gate Capital.
Eric’s operating experience includes: CFO for Einstein Noah Bagel Corporation (ENBC) during the company’s initial public offering. CFO for Authorize.Net which was acquired by Go2Net (GNET). CFO of Provide Commerce (PRVD) which was acquired by Liberty Media Interactive (LINTA).Eric received a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois and MBA from the University of Chicago.
Current Board Affiliations: AvantCredit, Blue Nile (NILE), Dydacomp, Integral Ad Science, PubMatic, RJ Metrics, SnagAJob, STANCE and Zulily (ZU).
Other current and past investments: Bodybuilding.com (acquired by Liberty Media Interactive), CarHop, Veritec, TradingScreen, HighTower and Seaside National Bank.
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.
From the mid-80s to the mid-90’s John’s primary focus was in software, where he was an investor in companies including Sybase (NYSE:SY), Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU), Visio (NASDAQ: VSIO, acquired by Microsoft), Frame Technology (NASDAQ: FRAM, acquired by Adobe), Saros (acquired by Filenet), and Logic Automation (acquired by Synopsys).
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 (NASDAQ: SHOP, 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 AB in English from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University. He is a past director of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists.
Current Board Affiliations: Adchemy, AvantCredit, Devicescape, Inrix, Uptake and Urban Airship.
Previous investments: Cygnus Solutions (acquired by RedHat), Enuvis (acquired by SiRF), eShop (acquired by Microsoft), Frame Technology (acquired by Adobe), Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU), Logic Automation (acquired by Synopsys), Postini (acquired by Google), Saros (acquired by FileNet), Radlan (acquired by Marvell Semiconductor), Summit Microelectronics, Sybase (NYSE: SY), Valicert (acquired by Tumbleweed), Visio (acquired by Microsoft) and Xilinx (NASAQ: XLNX).