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Ignition is a venture capital firm dedicated to helping the best entrepreneurs seize opportunity.
From turning their early idea into a business, to hiring the right team, providing the right industry and functional insight and connections, to growing the business strategically, globally, financially, to realizing the best ultimate outcome, Ignition is ready to go the distance.
Ignition invests in emerging and future leaders in communications, internet, software, and services across business and consumer targets.
Ignition brings together an unparalleled combination of domain focus, technical expertise, and global operational experience. Ignition's partners are proven business leaders who have built some of the world's most successful businesses of the last two decades, including Microsoft Windows and Office, McCaw Cellular Communications, AT&T Wireless and Starbucks.
Jon is a founding partner of Ignition. He invests in enterprise data and applications companies. Jon represents Ignition as director on the boards of Full Capture Solutions, MarketRange, Jobster and N'Site Solutions. Jon is a former board member of Wildseed which was acquired by AOL.
Prior to Ignition, Jon spent nine years at Microsoft Corporation in several strategic roles, advising the company's executive management on overall business strategy, guiding such key issues as enterprise licensing and pricing, financing and P&L management. Most recently he led a team responsible for development and execution of Microsoft's volume licensing programs, an $8 billion business, negotiations of licensing agreements with Microsoft's largest customers and the enhancement of core product business and licensing models and creation of business models for emerging products.
Jon also served as General Manager of Worldwide Business Strategy for Steve Ballmer and as Corporate Controller. Jon led the creation of the company's current P&L, measurement and competitive reporting systems. Jon led efforts that made changes to business models for core products that lead to multi billion dollar profit contributions. Jon led or was a core member of the teams leading company acquisitions including the company's first email product, Microsoft Mail, FoxPro, Visio and the company's proposed merger with Intuit.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Jon was a CPA and Senior Manager with Deloitte & Touche, where he served as an advisor to companies ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to new technology start-ups.
Jon attended the University of Oregon and received his degree in business administration from Central Washington University.
||Airbiquity provides wireless data communications solutions that enable real-time two-way data connectivity in the M2M and vehicle telematics industries. Used by several of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers in their telematics service offerings, Airbiquity’s patented aqLink technology provides data communications over digital wireless voice networks. VIAaq, Airbiquity’s turnkey managed Telematics data service, provides seamless connectivity between telematics service providers and vehicles or navigation devices.|
||Jobster Founded in 2004, Jobster’s mission is to help people meet their potential by providing innovative online recruiting services that enable meaningful career matches. Every day employers and jobseekers around the world rely on Jobster to connect with each other. Some of the world's leading brands such as Starbucks, Expedia.com, Boeing, Premera Blue Cross, Microsoft, Google, Philips, Samsung, Boston Scientific use Jobster to find the great people they cannot find elsewhere.|
||Likewise Software provides authentication and audit solutions designed to integrate Linux, UNIX, and Mac systems into Microsoft Window’s networks. Our solutions allow large organizations to overcome mixed network obstacles while improving security and helping to achieve regulatory compliance.|
||mFoundry is an award-winning mobile application platform provider. mFoundry's Spotlight Financial Platform offers a complete financial services solution for financial institutions, wireless carriers and their customers. Spotlight incorporates mFoundry's leading mobile banking and payments product into the platform and has been adopted by some of the largest banks and carriers in the United States. For more information, please visit|
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on Fri, April 30, 2004 in WA, Sponsored by Orrick
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