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Our definition continues to be enhanced as the market evolves, but we define mobile as a computing paradigm. After all, the smartphone in your pocket is a powerful computing device. In the post-PC era, we are connecting to the Internet via always on, always connected devices. Currently devices include smartphones and tablets, but increasingly they’ll include a variety of sensors that we wear or that are embedded in our cars, homes, and appliances that will be connected to the cloud.
We are looking for opportunities where connected devices transform incumbent industries or create new market opportunities. Mobile must be core to the user experience, product offering or innovation. A new experience and set of behaviors must be created. Mobile must also be core to the business model. Finally, we look for synergies with our network of portfolio companies and advisors.
With this focus we are raising the bar and changing the way value is delivered to entrepreneurs. Here are the key aspects to our approach:
John is a Partner at Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile software. John has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software technology, marketing, and sales. Previously he was Managing Director of Woodside Fund where he focused on ventures in cloud computing, online advertising technology and software. John serves on the boards of Appcelerator, PubNub and advises Grafitti World.
Prior to joining Woodside Fund, John was an early executive at Netscape Communications. Initially, John led a team that drove the company’s first significant revenues, helping launch Netscape through its initial public offering. Later, John ran Netscape’s Electronic Software Distribution and Strategic Channel groups. During his tenure at Netscape, John worked closely with hundreds of early stage entrepreneurs helping build web-based e-commerce and enterprise software applications. Prior to Netscape, John worked at Oracle Corporation, marketing and selling large-scale enterprise database technologies.
John has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business, and a BA from the University of California Berkeley. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Trinity School. John is based in our Menlo Park, CA office.
||Copious is a social marketplace for inspiring your style story. Founded in 2011, Copious is backed by Foundation Capital, Relay Ventures, Google Ventures and a handful of well known Silicon Valley Angels. Copious is based in San Francisco and is a project of Utah Street Labs.|
||IGLOO develops social software that builds online communities for business. A powerful suite of content management, collaboration and knowledge sharing tools, within one secure social networking platform, that gives an employee more control over the way they work. IGLOO’s online business communities drive groups, teams and organizations of any size internally to improve collaboration, knowledge sharing and productivity across distributed project teams, departments and business units (Workplace Communities) – or externally to engage and foster relationships with customers, partners and suppliers (Marketplace Communities).|
||iStopOver is an online peer-to-peer travel marketplace for short-term direct rental of excess capacity in homes. iStopOver caters specifically to direct rental of space from one person to another.|
||iPhrase Technologies provides e-business and e-service solutions to finance, technology, manufacturing, healthcare, travel, and retail industries. Its services include online customer support, online email and case resolution, contact center/knowledge management, self service search, and e-commerce search. |
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