John Gardner

John Gardner

Venture Partner

John has led and managed investments in companies across the information technology spectrum, including enterprise software, carrier software, systems and component companies.

John comes to NGP Capital from BlueRun Ventures, where he was one of the founding partners. Prior to that, John held a senior business development role at Nokia and has over 20 years of experience advising and working with start-up and emerging businesses, including extensive transactional experience in mergers, acquisitions and venture capital investments. John holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati – College of Law. John is based in Silicon Valley.

    Portfolio

    Active

    Company
    Theme
    Description
    Investment year
      • Onshift
      • Company: Onshift
      • Description: Solving workforce challenges
      • Theme: Other
      • Investment year: 2018
      Onshift Onshift
      Other
      Solving workforce challenges
      2018
      With OnShift, thousands of healthcare providers deliver higher quality care and service, improve productivity and increase profitability through a consistent and engaged workforce.
      • Sensoro
      • Company: Sensoro
      • Description: Bluetooth beacon operator
      • Theme: Mobile Technologies
      • Investment year: 2017
      Sensoro Sensoro
      Mobile Technologies
      Bluetooth beacon operator
      2017
      Sensoro, founded in July 2013, was one of the first technology companies in the world to research Bluetooth low energy smart sensors and transmission technology and has targeted research into the IoT big data business development sensor technology fields. Sensoro has offices in Beijing, China, Seattle, USA and Japan.
      • Vida Health
      • Company: Vida Health
      • Description: Personalized mobile healthcare
      • Theme: Other
      • Investment year: 2016
      Vida Health Vida Health
      Other
      Personalized mobile healthcare
      2016
      Vida Health is a mobile platform for wellness and chronic care that helps people lose weight, lower stress, exercise more, eat better, and manage and reverse chronic conditions like pre-diabetes, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety and depression. Vida pairs an individual 1:1 with a human health coach who guides him or her through a personalized plan, leveraging evidence-based methods and programs. Vida is unique in that it creates a truly personalized approach for each individual, and marries that with the power of data – integrating with 100+ apps and devices, biometrics, and claims data – which provides visibility into progress.
      • PubMatic
      • Company: PubMatic
      • Description: Digital advertising technology
      • Theme: Intelligent Enterprise
      • Investment year: 2014
      PubMatic PubMatic
      Intelligent Enterprise
      Digital advertising technology
      2014
      PubMatic is the marketing automation software company that powers the advertising strategy for premium publishers. Through workflow automation, real time analytics and yield management, PubMatic enables publishers to make smarter, faster decisions that drive revenue and streamline operations. The company’s software solution provides a global roster of comScore publishers with a single view into their advertiser relationships across every screen, every channel and every format. PubMatic was ranked by Deloitte as one of the fastest growing companies in the US Internet sector for the third consecutive year in 2014. The company has offices worldwide, and is headquartered in Redwood City, California.
      • RetailNext
      • Company: RetailNext
      • Description: Comprehensive in-store analytics.
      • Theme: Intelligent Enterprise
      • Investment year: 2014
      RetailNext RetailNext
      Intelligent Enterprise
      Comprehensive in-store analytics.
      2014
      Retail Next is the leader in real-time analytics that enable retailers and manufacturers to monitor, collect, analyze, and visualize in-store data. The highly scalable RetailNext platform easily integrates with promotional calendars, staffing systems, and even weather services to analyze how internal and external factors impact customer shopping patterns – enabling store executives to identify opportunities for growth, execute changes, and measure success. RetailNext tracks more than 400 million shoppers per year by collecting data from more than 30,000 sensors in retail stores and analyzing trillions of data points annually. RetailNext is headquartered in San Jose, CA. www.retailnext.net
      • Lemnisk
      • Company: Lemnisk
      • Description: AI-powered customer data platform for financial services
      • Theme: Intelligent Enterprise
      • Investment year: 2012
      Lemnisk Lemnisk
      Intelligent Enterprise
      AI-powered customer data platform for financial services
      2012
      Lemnisk’s Intelligent and Secure Customer Data Platform drives customer engagement and conversions for Financial Services marketers by orchestrating hyper-personalized experiences. Lemnisk is focused exclusively on Financial Services.

    Exited

    M&A

    Company
    Theme
    Description
    Region
    Exit year
      • Netpulse
      • Company: Netpulse
      • Theme: Other
      • Description: Mobile apps for health clubs
      • Region: USA
      • Exit year: 2018
      Netpulse Netpulse
      Other
      Mobile apps for health clubs
      USA
      2018
      Netpulse, headquartered in San Francisco, is the fitness industry’s first and only enterprise-level platform for engaging consumers across multiple touch points, in and out of the club. Netpulse technology powers cardio equipment from leading equipment manufacturers, club-branded web and mobile applications, and integrates new technologies with club management systems and in-club digital experiences to deliver engagement, measurement, and monetization of members’ fitness activity. Netpulse was acquired by eGym 2017.
      • Cloudmark
      • Company: Cloudmark
      • Theme: Other
      • Description: Carrier-grade messaging security
      • Region: USA
      • Exit year: 2017
      Cloudmark Cloudmark
      Other
      Carrier-grade messaging security
      USA
      2017
      Cloudmark, Inc. is a global leader in carrier-grade messaging security, delivering the industry’s fastest, most accurate and comprehensive real-time spam, virus and phishing protection for fixed, mobile and social networks. The Cloudmark suite of security solutions simplifies and advances the management of messaging abuse, increasing network utilization and reducing infrastructure costs. Cloudmark’s patented solutions combine Advanced Message FingerprintingTM technology based on innovative, highly efficient algorithms, a Global Threat NetworkTM consisting of trusted reporters across the globe, real-time, automated analysis of traffic and content patterns, along with security research expertise, to provide real-time security intelligence and filtering across carrier networks. Cloudmark solutions protect more than one billion subscribers for the world’s largest carrier networks. Cloudmark is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco with offices in London, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong. Cloudmark was acquired by Proofpoint 2018.
      • Summit Microelectronics
      • Company: Summit Microelectronics
      • Theme: Mobile Technologies
      • Description: Integrated power management
      • Region: USA
      • Exit year: 2012
      Summit Microelectronics Summit Microelectronics
      Mobile Technologies
      Integrated power management
      USA
      2012
      Summit Microelectronics is the leader in flexible, highly integrated power management solutions combining precision power regulation with sophisticated digital control in a single chip. The company’s analog power IC devices are found in a variety of consumer, communications and computing applications. Summit solutions address one of the biggest challenges facing OEM developers today: increasing system functionality, performance, and complexity while shrinking development time cycles. Summit is located in Sunnyvale, California. Summit Microelectronics was acquired by Qualcomm 2012.
      • Swype
      • Company: Swype
      • Theme: Mobile Technologies
      • Description: Predictive text input technology
      • Region: USA
      • Exit year: 2012
      Swype Swype
      Mobile Technologies
      Predictive text input technology
      USA
      2012
      Swype Inc.’s patented technology provides a faster and more intuitive way to input text on touch-screens. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the keyboard, users can enter text at over 30 words per minute. The company’s product is commercially available and ready for worldwide licensing and commercial deployment on all popular and proprietary touch screen platforms. Swype was acquired by Nuance Communications 2012.

    IPO

    Company
    Theme
    Description
    Region
    IPO year
      • Rocket Fuel
      • Company: Rocket Fuel
      • Theme: Other
      • Description: Programmatic advertising tool
      • Region: USA
      • IPO year: 2014
      Rocket Fuel Rocket Fuel
      Other
      Programmatic advertising tool
      USA
      2014
      Rocket Fuel Inc. is a leading ad serving technology platform that combines the best of social, behavioral, contextual, geographical, search and other data sources to understand consumer interest and intent. Over 50 of the largest US brands and major ad agencies trust campaigns to Rocket Fuel. Founded by veterans from Yahoo!, DoubleClick, Epiphany, and salesforce.com, the company has a relentless focus on effectiveness for premium advertisers while maximizing value for publishers and providing consumers a personalized and relevant online experience. Rocket Fuel’s vision extends beyond online and is extensible to other mediums such as video and mobile. Experts at predictive modeling and customer segmentation, Rocket Fuel focuses its technology and capabilities to deliver better ROI for premium brand marketers. Rocketfuel listed on nasdaq 2014.

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