John enjoys working with entrepreneurs who deploy first principles and the latest advancements in science and technology to solve complex, fundamental problems around sustainability and meritocracy. Specifically, John is looking for early stage ventures that are building software platforms, online networks and distributed systems that provide more people better access to capital, education, healthcare and opportunity.
Prior to joining Spark Capital in 2014, John was the chief financial officer and head of business development at StartX, a startup accelerator, and co-founded the Stanford-StartX Fund, an investment vehicle funded by Stanford University and Stanford Hospital.
John holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics and M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University. He is an avid skier and a voracious reader and eater.