John is an Operating Partner at Khosla Ventures focused on executive coaching and strategy for CEOs and their executive teams within the Khosla Ventures portfolio. John’s background as a serial technology CEO, venture investor, executive/CEO leadership advisor, and Board Director of 25+ companies gives him the experience and perspective to support our portfolio company CEOs.
In his independent CEO coaching practice, John has advised over 90 technology CEOs and many of their teams in the last decade regarding leadership practices, strategy, and executive team development. John also leads workshops and facilitates leadership development programs for F1000 organizations.
John is author of the popular leadership book, Unusually Excellent (Wiley – 2010), and has written two seminal articles in Harvard Business Review – “Why Entrepreneurs Don’t Scale” in 2002, and “The Five Messages Leaders Must Manage” in 2006. These articles are curricula in more than a dozen MBA programs worldwide. John has also been published in Fast Company, Business 2.0, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal.
Earlier in his career John was the CEO of PonoMusic, a project founded by Neil Young, dedicated to the quality of studio master music recordings. Prior, John served as CEO of Accept Software (acquired by Versata) and the CEO of Whistle Communications (acquired by IBM). John was also a Partner at TCG Advisors with Geoff Moore, and a Venture Partner at Redpoint Ventures.
John has deep operational and leadership experience in high-growth companies, and has held senior functional executive roles at Adaptec, Western Digital, and Hewlett-Packard. He has been an investor and Board member at Brocade (NASDAQ:BRCD – acquired by Broadcom), Ironport (acquired by Cisco), Documentum (NASDAQ:DCTM – acquired by EMC), Solarflare (acquired by Xlinx), and Blue (acquired by Logitech). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Zycada, Torch.io and Nexant.
John holds a Bachelor, Science degree with honors in Engineering from Purdue University – Engineering Physics and Engineering Management.