Brad, Jesse and I are happy to announce that our friend and colleague, John Hadl, is joining IA Ventures as Venture Partner, effective immediately. We have personally gotten to know John over the past four years due to our shared investment in PlaceIQ: IA Ventures led the Seed round and John, on behalf of USVP, led the Series A. John impressed us from the outset with his deep domain experience, tireless work on behalf of the founders and insightful perspectives in Board discussions. Further, his open and transparent style strongly resonated with us as candor and collaboration are two qualities we value highly. From our relationship formed through PlaceIQ our interactions continued to expand. As John has spent time with us it became clear that our networks, experiences and styles, though different, are highly complementary.
In addition to being a strong cultural fit, John has an impressive track record both as an angel investor and as a VC. John was an angel investor in and an advisor to both AdMob (Google) and Quattro Wireless (Apple), as well as an angel in BlueKai (Oracle) and Whisper, among many others. John also served on the Board of JumpTap until its sale to Millennial Media. His investments while at USVP include GoPro (IPO), Quantifind, Swoop and ZEFR. John has a knack for identifying the right founders to execute against a particular mission, and actively supporting them in their quest. His track record and reputation as a true partner to entrepreneurs is tangible evidence of his skill and his value.
We are excited about John’s contributions to the team and all that we can learn from him. Hopefully he extracts the same value and goodness from us. We look forward to welcoming John into the IA Ventures family and are confident he will help us better serve our most important constituency – our founders.