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Venture capital is not about doing deals. Money should be the least important thing a venture capitalist brings to the table, and, if an entrepreneur is only focused on the money, they may get it, but fail along the way to bring on board the experience and the wisdom to help them build a successful business.

John Backus

Founder and Managing Partner

Based in the national capital region, John is a seasoned technology investor and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience investing in and managing rapidly growing companies. Before becoming a venture capitalist, he co-founded US Order, which revolutionized online banking, went public in 1995 and was sold to Visa. John began his career at Bain & Co. and Bain Capital, where he was the first management consultant to take a full time operating role in a portfolio company.

John is currently serving on the NVCA Board of Directors. Additionally, he is Chairman Emeritus of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Board of Directors, the founding Chairman and current Board member of the NVTC TechPAC, and Chairman Emeritus of the Wolf Trap Foundation Board of Directors. He has served as a technology policy adviser to Virginia governors Gilmore, Warner and McDonnell. John is a frequent speaker and has contributed his views to The Washington Post, Fortune, VentureBeat and the Huffington Post.


Stanford University, B.A., Economics
Stanford University Graduate School of Business, M.B.A.

Personal Interests

Marathons, triathlons, golf, politics.

Professional Interests

Education, cybersecurity, financial services, smartphones, consumer internet, health care delivery

Portfolio Involvement

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  • Phone 703.563.4101