John enjoys working with entrepreneurs who rely on first principles and the latest advancements in science and technology to tackle complex societal problems, like food security and access to professional opportunity.
Prior to joining Spark Capital in 2014, John was one of the first employees at StartX, a startup accelerator and entrepreneurial network. At StartX, John served as head of business development and co-founded the Stanford-StartX Fund, an investment vehicle funded by Stanford University and Stanford Healthcare. Previously, John was a Ph.D. student at Stanford, where he was studying the device physics of solar energy materials.
John holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics and M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford. He is an avid skier and a voracious reader and eater.