John Ball, Founder and Managing Director

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JOHN BALL is the Founder and Managing Partner of Steamboat Ventures, which he formed in 2000. He has over 20 years of experience in venture capital investing, mergers & acquisitions, business development and strategic planning in the media, entertainment and technology sectors.

John's prior investments and board seats include GoPro (NASDAQ: GPRO), Quigo, acquired by AOL (NYSE: TWX), Iridigm Display Corporation, acquired by Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM), Fastclick (NASDAQ: FSTC, acquired by ValueClick, NASDAQ: VCLK), and Pure Digital Technologies, acquired by Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO).

John also oversees the Steamboat Ventures Social Enterprise Fund, which was formed in 2007 to provide philanthropic support to microfinance organizations throughout Asia.

Prior to founding Steamboat Ventures, John ran the Corporate Development group for The Walt Disney Company, where he was responsible for corporate development and specialized transaction work for the company.

John has completed venture capital investments and mergers & acquisitions in areas including consumer internet services, online advertising, enterprise software and security, digital imaging, next generation display technology, interactive games, television and radio broadcasting, cable networks and publishing.

John received a BA in biological sciences from Tufts University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Executive Assistant: Greg Schneider
Greg.Schneider@steamboatvc.com