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 currently serves on the boards of Beijing NetMovie Co. in China, and GoPro in the U.S. John's prior investments include 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.