John has been a founder, an operator, and an investor. Born and raised in Boston not far from Fenway Park, he moved to California after college and was a part of five different startups including one he co-founded. After his fifth startup he joined Prescription Solutions (later acquired by UnitedHealth Group) where he led several multi-billion dollar projects. In one of those projects he grew an operation from zero to $1.5B per year and 1,500 employees. During this time he relocated his family to Kansas City. He joined Techstars as Managing Director in 2013.
He ran three Techstars accelerator programs, investing in 30 companies. While at Techstars he noticed that even great startups were having difficulty raising seed rounds in the Midwest. Compelling investments were being missed. So John decided to do something about it and launched Firebrand Ventures in 2016.
Firebrand Ventures is a very different kind of venture fund. We're founder-focused, on a mission to bring a powerful network, deep experience, and startup hustle to support the best entrepreneurs in the greater Midwest.
Most importantly, we're true partners in the startup journey of our founders. We're honored to get the late night text messages or weekend phone calls when our founders need us. We invest early and support them through the ups and downs every startup goes through. We bring decades of experience building teams and businesses to help our founders grow and succeed.