John Nelson Manging Director of CalCap Partners, Talks to CREPIG All About Venture Capital
John Nelson has a formidable resume of schools he has attended and companies he has worked for. John is a true veteran of the Venture Capital Industry and he takes a moment to talk to us.
John took time out of his busy schedule to talk with JW Najarian, Founder of CREPIG to explain all aspects of what Venture Capital is and is not. What business needs it and which do not and how and why you should invest or not in Venture Capital Funds - Thanks John - JW
John R. Nelson - Mr. Nelson’s career incorporates operating experience as an executive where he has been involved with both investment finance and technology-related industries. His international experience has emphasized the Asia-Pacific region, where he has worked for two decades involved in cross-border investments, multi-national manufacturing operations, and market development. He has 20+ years as institutional venture capital Managing Partner, including leadership roles in 6 fund management groups.
Before the formation of the CalCap, Mr. Nelson was Managing Director of the Technology Gateway Funds, L.P. of Ventana Global Funds, Ltd. He also has been a Managing Director and/or Venture Partner with Maximum Life Accelerator Fund, Shepherd Ventures, and The CanAm Fund.
Prior to this role, he held a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia, functioning as that nation’s Investment Director, North America. In this capacity, he represented the Ministry of Treasury and the Department of Industries, Technology, and Technology (DIST) by providing investment services related to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, technology transfers, and greenfields manufacturing investments.
He has held a variety of executive roles in operating companies ranging from Fortune 500 (National Computer Systems, where he was Sr. Vice President) to turn-arounds (Cycle, Inc. where he took over as CEO), to start-ups (such as Int’l Technology Systems, where he was Chairman/CEO).
He has served on boards of directors for both public and private companies. Mr. Nelson's academic and research background include: ABD (Ph.D. qualified) from the University of Oregon; doctoral skill certification in Computer Technology; an M.B.A./D.B.A. candidacy in Marketing Management; and, joint Bachelor degree(s) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
California Capital Partners, LLC (CalCap) is the manager of venture capital funds specializing in investing in small to medium sized technology-based businesses with high growth potential. CalCap manages equity and debt investments into companies that meet the investment criteria of our Funds. Typically, we invest in companies that need capital to fund rapid growth.
The CalCap organization incorporates:
- Managers of previous investment transactions collectively exceeding US $2 billion with successful outcomes since the 1980s.
- Operations in the U.S. (California & New York) and Canada (Ontario and British Columbia).
- A global network of strategic resources consisting of managerial talent and capital resources that add value to our portfolio companies.
- A proprietary investment process* that enhances outcomes for both our investors and our portfolio companies.
We do not want to run your company, but we want to help you to achieve business success.
CalCap believes that a strong working partnership between the investor and portfolio companies is essential to the success of each party. In particular, both parties must share common vision, goals, and business practices.
CalCap routinely provides support and assistance to the management of its portfolio companies through our active participation on the Board of Directors, as well as other roles such as:
- Strategic introductions through our U.S. and international networks.
- Sssistance in the selection of key personnel.
- Contribution to the company's growth.
- Financial strategy development, assistance with additional capital raising, M&As, and IPOs.