John F. Shoch, PhD, became a venture capitalist in 1985, working with Craig Taylor to manage venture investments at Asset Management Associates, and then co-founded Alloy Ventures in 1996. At Alloy, he focuses on investments in enterprise software, communications infrastructure, semiconductors and all aspects of the Internet.
Operating experience Before becoming a venture capitalist, John worked as a computer scientist, technology executive and inventor. He gained deep hands-on, operational experience at Xerox, which he joined in 1971. For many years, he worked the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he helped develop the Ethernet, a local area network system. In 1980, he became the assistant to the CEO of Xerox. In 1982, John became president of the Office Systems Division, developing networked office systems derived from Xerox PARC research. John received a BA (1971) in Political Science, an MS (1977), and a PhD (1979) in Computer Science, all from Stanford.
Current board seats John serves on the board of directors of Knowledge Networks, MontaVista Software, Lightpole, Nitronex, Ravenflow, and Xangati.
Past Board Seats John was previously a director of semiconductor firm Conductus, which was acquired by Superconductor Technologies Inc. in 2002; and Remedy, a leading enterprise software company that completed a successful IPO on Nasdaq in 1995 and was later acquired by Peregrine Systems.