Venture firm Crosslink Capital has named John Coan general partner and head of marketing and client relations. He is based in San Francisco. Coan served previously as managing director of Western Region Institutional Sales for Renaissance Technologies, an algorithmic-trading investment manager.
Crosslink Capital, a leading venture capital and growth equity firm, today announced that John Coan has joined the firm as General Partner and Head of Marketing and Client Relations. He is based in the firm’s San Francisco headquarters.
“Crosslink is at a point where we believe we have the track record of successes to leverage and grow,” said Michael Stark, founder and General Partner of Crosslink Capital. “And, we believe Jack Coan has the high-level strategic and fundraising experience we have been looking for, who will also be capable of leading and managing our marketing group on a global scale.”
Prior to joining Crosslink, Mr. Coan served as Managing Director of Western Region Institutional Sales for Renaissance Technologies, an algorithmic-trading investment manager, where he helped develop and coordinate sales and marketing strategies for the firm’s equity and futures-based hedge fund strategies.
From 1988-2002, Mr. Coan served in various Business Development and Investor Relations roles at Boston Partners Asset Management and its predecessor firm, The Boston Company Asset Management, eventually rising to Managing Director and Head of Sales. Following Boston Partners’ acquisition by The Robeco Group, Mr. Coan served as Head of Sales for Robeco Investment Management, the North American arm of the European asset manager.
Mr. Coan holds a B.A. degree from Harvard University.
“Crosslink Capital is a unique asset management firm with a reputation of integrity and a long, impressive track record of success to match,” noted Mr. Coan. “The combination of venture and public market investments is tremendously attractive, especially in the current market environment where alpha has been difficult to come by. I look forward to leading the firm’s global marketing efforts and introducing Crosslink to a broader set of institutions.”
About Crosslink Capital
Crosslink Capital is a leading stage-independent venture capital and growth equity firm with over $1.7 billion in assets. Crosslink, which traces its roots back to 1989, was among the first and largest investment firms in the U.S. to integrate public and private growth/technology investing in three families of funds: venture capital funds, long/short hedge funds and a unique hybrid crossover fund. This strategy allows Crosslink to partner with its portfolio companies on a long-term basis. With more than 20 years behind it, Crosslink Capital has invested in over 100 private equity portfolio companies, at the early, mid, and late stages including Pandora P +2.92% , Ancestry.com ACOM +1.89% , Omniture (acquired by Adobe Systems), Equinix EQIX -1.87% , Carbonite CARB +8.15% , SeaMicro (acquired by Advanced Micro Devices), Intematix, Synapsense and Bleacher Report.