Jon co-founded Polaris with Steve Arnold and Terry McGuire in 1996.
Prior to Polaris, in 1984, Jon was rescued from a career in the law when he was hired as an associate and mentored by Bill Egan, a co-founder of Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. (BEDCO”), as described in Udayan Gupta’s, “Done Deals: Venture Capitalists Tell Their Stories,” Harvard Business School Press. Jon became a General Partner at BEDCO and was instrumental in helping to build BEDCO’s technology portfolio.
His investment in Powersoft was, at the time, one of the largest and fastest returns in enterprise software. In 1995, Jon served as Chairman of the Partner Transition Committee at BEDCO, which led to the successful and collaborative evolution into three new firms, of which Polaris was one. Before joining BEDCO, Jon was litigation Associate at the Boston law firm of Testa, Hurwitz and Thibeault, where he represented venture capital firms and high technology companies. Earlier in his career, Jon gained his due diligence and investigative experience when, from 1974 to 1976, he served on the research teams of the Nixon Impeachment Inquiry Staff of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.
Jon is a Board Director at EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance) and JibJab Media, and previously on the board of Living Proof (Unilever). In 2005, Jon conceived of the idea for Living Proof, applying technologies often used in medical applications to beauty products, and co-founded the company with Bob Langer and Amir Nashat. He served as Chairman since the founding and as CEO of the company from November 2010 through December 2011. In prior years, Jon’s investments included: Allaire, American Superconductor, Avici Systems, Centra Software, Exchange.com, Mariner Health Care, Powersoft, Solidworks, Watermark, and Soho Natural Soda. In addition, Jon was one of the founders of the MIT $10K Entrepreneurship Competition (now, through inflation and several tech bubbles, the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition).
In 2015, Jon and Terry formed Polaris Founders Capital (“PFC”) to invest in the consumer and sports markets. Their PFC investments include Icelandic Provisions, which they co-founded.
Jon received his B.A. from Hobart College and his J.D from the University of Virginia Law.
Jon is enormously proud of his wife, who balances his capitalist endeavors with her significant work with schools for low income students, the character and unique talents of his four daughters, his two new grandchildren, and his ridiculous three male dogs. And, if he could wave a magic wand, he would have Roger Federer’s serve and the athleticism of Gael Monfils.