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Venture capital is not about doing deals. Money should be the least important thing a venture capitalist brings to the table, and, if an entrepreneur is only focused on the money, they may get it, but fail along the way to bring on board the experience and the wisdom to help them build a successful business.

John Backus

Founder and Managing Partner

Based in the national capital region, John is a seasoned technology investor and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience investing in and managing rapidly growing companies. Before becoming a venture capitalist, he co-founded US Order, which revolutionized online banking, went public in 1995 and was sold to Visa.

John serves on the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI), Invincea, Spotflux, AppTap, BrandYourself, PokitDok and the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Board of Directors, has served as a technology policy adviser to Virginia governors Gilmore, Warner and McDonnell and has contributed his views to The Washington Post, Fortune, VentureBeat and the Huffington Post. John began his career at Bain & Co. and Bain Capital, where he was the first management consultant to take a full time operating role in a portfolio company. John holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Education

Stanford University, B.A., Economics
Stanford University Graduate School of Business, M.B.A.

Personal Interests

Marathons, triathlons, golf, politics.

Professional Interests

Education, cybersecurity, financial services, smartphones, consumer internet, health care delivery

Portfolio Involvement

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