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Digital media? Enterprise? Fintech? John Balen can help. With more than 25 years in venture capital and technology, John has facilitated investments in several successful startups. He currently serves on the boards of Blurb, Cardlytics, SilverRail Technologies, SOASTA, Stayful, Switchfly and UrbanSitter. John's prior investments include Commerce One, which brought B2B e-commerce to the masses; Echopass, a leader in world-class contact center solutions (acquired by Genesys); eStamp, a pioneer in Internet postage; Everdream, an innovator in on-demand desktop management services (acquired by Dell); ID Analytics, the nation's only real-time fraud prevention system for enterprises (acquired by LifeLock); Intraware, the leading provider of electronic license delivery & management; Istante, an early pioneer in real-time analytics & reporting (acquired by Oracle); and Rightpoint, real-time CRM analytics software (acquired by Epiphany).

Prior to joining Canaan Partners, John held a variety of operational and financial roles. While Managing Director at Horsley Bridge Partners, a multi-billion dollar private equity firm, John was responsible for investing in venture capital partnerships and aspiring technology companies. He also worked as an engineer at two entrepreneurial companies, Digital Equipment Corp. & Codenoll Technology.

John received a BS in electrical engineering and an MBA from Cornell University.

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+1 650 854 8092
Silicon Valley

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