About John

About John

I am currently the Managing Partner at Energize Ventures.

I graduated from Duke University with a degree in biology and chemistry. I began my career in finance at UBS Investment Bank doing M&A and advisory work in Chicago. After a few years, I joined XMS Capital Partners in a similar role and then went to Chicago Booth for my MBA.

After a brief stint at Hyde Park Angels and as a YEP at Foundation Capital, I joined Kleiner Perkins as an Associate. At Kleiner Perkins, I focused on capital light, platform investments at the intersection of energy and technology. After a few years, I left KP as I wanted to gain a better understanding and respect for scaling a high growth operation. I joined Choose Energy as one of the first employees and the first non-engineer. During my 5 years at Choose, I grew from the Director of Business Development to the VP of BD & Operations, to ultimately the Chief Revenue Officer.

In 2017 I also managed inbound acquisition interest for Choose Energy, and ran the process whereby the company was acquired by RedVentures. The experience (wild swings!) of scaling a start-up taught me more than I could ever imagine and I am forever grateful for the lessons, and relationships I gained.

After the Choose Energy acquisition, I joined Energize Ventures as a Partner. At Energize, I lead investments into software companies that serve the energy & industrials verticals.

My operating & VC career path

A combination of high growth operations, finance, and venture capital investing experiences.

Energize Ventures

Managing Partner

2017 – Present

Early stage venture capital firm focused on the digital transformation of the energy & industrials verticals

Chicago, IL

Choose Energy, Inc.

Chief Revenue Officer

2012 – 2017

Online energy marketplace connecting consumers and businesses with retail energy products and solutions

San Francisco, CA

Kleiner Perkins



Premier venture capital firm that specializes in investments in incubation and early stage companies

Palo Alto, CA


At Energize Ventures I am actively involved with the following companies within our portfolio:

Personal Commitments