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Venture capital is not about doing deals. Money should be the least important thing a venture capitalist brings to the table, and, if an entrepreneur is only focused on the money, they may get it, but fail along the way to bring on board the experience and the wisdom to help them build a successful business.

John Backus

Founder and Managing Partner

John is a seasoned technology investor and entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience investing in and managing rapidly growing, high-technology companies. Prior to founding New Atlantic Ventures in 1998, John was a founding investor and the President and Chief Executive Officer of InteliData Technologies, a Fast 50 growth company in both 1997 & 1998.  John led InteliData’s predecessor, US Order, through a successful $65 million IPO in 1995. John currently manages a $225 million venture portfolio at New Atlantic Ventures. He currently serves on the board of directors of AppTap, Invincea, Koofers,, My Wines Direct, & Qliance. He is the past Chairman of the Wolf Trap Foundation Board of Directors, the past Chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Board of Directors, the founding Chairman and current Board member of the NVTC TechPAC, and was appointed by former Virginia Governor Mark Warner to co-chair the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission which he served on for 4 years.   John began his career at Bain & Co. and Bain Capital, where he was the first Bain & Co. management consultant to take a full time operating role (as CFO) in a portfolio company.


Stanford University, B.A., Economics
Stanford University Graduate School of Business, M.B.A.

Personal Interests

Marathons, triathlons, golf, coaching youth basketball, following virginia politics.

Professional Interests

Financial services, smartphones, consumer internet, direct marketing, health care delivery

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  • Phone 703.563.4101