Back to Mobile View
Subscribe to the CrunchBase Daily for the latest on Fundings, Acquisitions, and Startup Events

General Information

Websitejohnmerrells.com
Blogjohnmerrells.com
Twitter@merrells
Birthdate1/11/69

Degrees

Hertfordshire University, BS 1992
Computer Science

Former Companies

Web Presences

Tags

John Merrells

John is an entrepreneur and software architect who enjoys building things.

His technical interests are information retrieval, cloud computing, and machine intelligence. In the past John has mostly worked within the domains of application specific database servers, semi-structured information systems, query processors, distributed systems, digital identity and asynchronous replication.

John considers himself a Yorkshireman, despite having being born in Scotland and going to secondary school in Singapore. He’s now been in California for 16 years, with a 2-year break in Oxford.

Whilst in Oxford John co-founded a startup incubator, Parthenon Computing. Parthenon helped accelerate a dozen companies in five years, with one spin out, and three acquisitions, including Secerno by Oracle and We7 by Tesco.

Previously John created the Berkeley DB XML product within Sleepycat Software, and promoted the open-soure project by building a vibrant community through speaking engagements, personal networking, and blogging.

John was also an architect of the Netscape Directory Server, which was subsequently adopted by Sun, AOL, RedHat, and HP as the foundation of their Identity Management Systems.

In his formative years John tested C/C++ compilers, wrote computer games, worked on a terminal emulator and helped build a voice mail system. His opportunities to learn from failure have included: Etime Capital, Sxip, and Cuil.

Once upon a time John was the Publications Officer of the ACCU, a non-profit organization dedicated to professionalism in software engineering, and for 10 years was the editor of their Overload journal.

John is a member of the ACM, the IEEE, the ACCU and holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Hertfordshire University.

Recent Milestones

Investments

Company Date Round Size Participants
Kidaptive 11/2013Series B$10.1M7

Videos

Sources

  1. Children’s Educational iPad App Maker Kidaptive Scores $10.1 Million Series B (techcrunch.com) [edit]
Edit This Page
Last Edited 1/6/14

Revision History RSS Picture

Sharing

Share this page on Twitter or Facebook:
Or copy this code to embed a widget: customize »

External Links

CrunchBase API

Sponsors



Become a Sponsor
Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Licensing Policy