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John Jarve

Partner Emeritus
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John joined Menlo Ventures in 1985. Over the past 30 years, he has led Menlo’s investments in nearly 50 portfolio companies, primarily in the communications, storage, semiconductor, internet, and financial technology sectors. He currently sits on the boards of Betterment, Credit Sesame, and DataXu.

John has been the lead investor in multiple venture capital funded companies that have had successful IPOs including UUNET Technologies, the world’s largest Internet access provider (UUNT), Digital Insight, the pioneering leader in Internet banking (DGIN), Cavium Networks, the leading provider of security communication chips (CAVM), Ascend Communications (ASND), FaxSav (EASY), iBasis (IBAS), SpectraLink (SLNK), and Syntellect (SXNT).

Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, John spent his childhood in Martins Ferry, a coal mining and steel town in southeast Ohio. Despite dire financial circumstances after the loss of both his parents as a teenager, John attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering) and credits the University’s need-blind admissions with his ability to achieve a world-class education. John then went on to receive his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

John is a life member of the MIT Board of Trustees (known as the Corporation) and is the former president of the MIT Alumni Association. He is a member of the Stanford GSB Advisory Council and has also served as chairman of the Stanford GSB Management Board.

John joined Menlo Ventures in 1985. Over the past 30 years, he has led Menlo’s investments in nearly 50 portfolio companies, primarily in the communications, storage, semiconductor, internet, and financial technology sectors. He currently sits on the boards of Betterment, Credit Sesame, and DataXu.

John has been the lead investor in multiple venture capital funded companies that have had successful IPOs including UUNET Technologies, the world’s largest Internet access provider (UUNT), Digital Insight, the pioneering leader in Internet banking (DGIN), Cavium Networks, the leading provider of security communication chips (CAVM), Ascend Communications (ASND), FaxSav (EASY), iBasis (IBAS), SpectraLink (SLNK), and Syntellect (SXNT).

Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, John spent his childhood in Martins Ferry, a coal mining and steel town in southeast Ohio. Despite dire financial circumstances after the loss of both his parents as a teenager, John attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering) and credits the University’s need-blind admissions with his ability to achieve a world-class education. John then went on to receive his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

John is a life member of the MIT Board of Trustees (known as the Corporation) and is the former president of the MIT Alumni Association. He is a member of the Stanford GSB Advisory Council and has also served as chairman of the Stanford GSB Management Board.

Investments

Our Portfolio
betterment
betterment
betterment.com

Betterment is a financial robo-advisor dedicated to helping people reach their investment goals.

Milestones
  • 2008 Founded
  • 2012 Partnered, Series B
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Cavium logo NASDAQ: CAVM
Cavium logo

Cavium was a provider of highly integrated semiconductor processors that enabled intelligent networking, communications, storage, video and security applications.

Milestones
  • 2000 Founded
  • 2002 Partnered, Series B
  • 2007 IPO; NASDAQ: CAVM
Partner
Cavium graphic
credit_sesame
credit_sesame
creditsesame.com

Credit Sesame helps people take control of their credit and save money with smarter loans.

Milestones
  • 2010 Founded
  • 2011 Partnered, Series B
Partner
credit_sesame_graphic
Dataxu logoAcquired by Roku
Dataxu logo
roku.com

DataXu was an enterprise data and analytics company that offered DX3, the first fully integrated omni-channel marketing management platform.

Milestones
  • 2009 Founded
  • 2010 Partnered, Series B
  • 2019 Acquired by Roku
Partner
Dataxu graphic
al-enterprise.com

Ascend Communications, Inc. designed and manufactured equipment for high-density dial-up installations.

Milestones
  • 1988 Founded
  • 1991 Partnered
  • 1999 Acquired
Partner
Ascend Communications
Ascend Communications, Inc. designed and manufactured equipment for high-density dial-up installations.
Acquired by Lucent Technologies
ascend_communications

Digital Insight was a provider of online banking software to banks and credit unions. It also designed FinanceWorks, a product that allowed customers to manage their finances.

Milestones
  • 1995 Founded
  • 1997 Partnered
  • 1999 IPO; NASDAQ: DGIN
Partner
Digital Insight
Digital Insight was a provider of online banking software to banks and credit unions. It also designed FinanceWorks, a product that allowed customers to manage their finances.
NASDAQ: DGIN, later acquired by NCR

FaxSav was an internet email fax service provider for small office and individual users, which later became known as NetMoves Corporation (NASDAQ: NTMV).

Milestones
  • 1989 Founded
  • 1996 IPO
Partner
FaxSav
FaxSav was an internet email fax service provider for small office and individual users, which later became known as NetMoves Corporation (NASDAQ: NTMV).
NASDAQ: EASY
ibasis.com

iBasis is the leading communications solutions provider enabling operators and digital players worldwide to perform and transform.

Milestones
  • 1996 Founded
  • 1999 IPO
Partner
iBasis
iBasis is the leading communications solutions provider enabling operators and digital players worldwide to perform and transform.
NASDAQ: IBAS
spectralink.com

SpectraLink delivers secure, cost-effective mobile communication solutions that empower enterprises to streamline operations, increase their revenues, and deliver a positive customer experience each and every time.

Milestones
  • 1990 Founded
  • 1996 IPO
Partner
SpectraLink
SpectraLink delivers secure, cost-effective mobile communication solutions that empower enterprises to streamline operations, increase their revenues, and deliver a positive customer experience each and every time.
NASDAQ: SLNK

Syntellect, Inc. developed and marketed voice, internet, and call processing services. The company offered services such as project management, system implementation and integration, application development, and speech services.

Partner
Syntellect
Syntellect, Inc. developed and marketed voice, internet, and call processing services. The company offered services such as project management, system implementation and integration, application development, and speech services.
NASDAQ: SYNL, later acquired by Enghouse Interactive

UUNET was the first commercial internet service provider and the world’s leading internet carrier in the 1980s and 1990s. The company provided a comprehensive range of internet services to business customers worldwide.

Milestones
  • 1993 Partnered
  • 1996 Acquired by MFS Communications
Partner
UUNET
UUNET was the first commercial internet service provider and the world’s leading internet carrier in the 1980s and 1990s. The company provided a comprehensive range of internet services to business customers worldwide.
Acquired by MFS Communications