Acquired by Bain Capital in 2017
Acquired by Insight Venture Partners in 2017
Acquired by T-Mobile in 2016
Acquired by General Dynamics in 2012
Acquired by Teradata in 2011
Acquired by Velti in 2011
Acquired by Trend Micro in 2010
Acquired by Motorola in 2009
Acquired by Next Wave in 2007
Acquired by Qualcomm in 2006
Acquired by Nextel in 2003
Acquired by Motorola in 2002
John has over thirty years of corporate development, merger and acquisition, and investment experience, having completed over 200 corporate transactions in excess of $1 billion in aggregate value, led over a dozen venture investments, and served on multiple corporate Boards. He is the founder of Poplar Ventures, an investment firm focused on early and growth stage cloud based software technology companies in middle America. John also served as a Venture Partner at Chrysalis Ventures for over ten years.
Prior to Poplar Ventures, John served in senior corporate development roles over a seventeen year career at Nextel Communications where he helped lead an intensive growth phase via a series of mergers and acquisitions. In later years, John managed Nextel’s strategic corporate transactions, including Nextel Partners and Boost Mobile, as well as minority equity investments totaling $50 million in seven companies. Before joining Nextel, John worked for First Chicago in the areas of venture capital, mezzanine capital and private equity.
John has a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Louisville Sports Commission, as a member of the Investment Committee of the Muhammad Ali Center, and as a mentor with Endeavor Louisville. John is married and has three children.
Poplar Ventures’ investor group is exclusively comprised of successful business people from a wide variety of industries. Included within this group are a handful of Investment Advisory Partners who have C-suite experience in scaling software technology companies to $100+ million in revenue. These Investment Advisory Partners are available to Poplar and its portfolio companies for industry, operational, technology, and financial guidance.