Lightspeed Venture Partners Promotes John Vrionis

Menlo Park, Calif.-based Lightspeed Venture Partners has promoted John Vrionis to managing director. Vrionis joined Lightspeed in 2006 as a senior associate and was later promoted to principal. He has led the firm’s investments in DataStax, Embrane, Fast IP, and IO Turbine. Lightspeed has more than $2 billion under management.

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Lightspeed Venture Partners, a leading global venture capital firm with over $2 billion of committed capital, today announced the promotion of John Vrionis to managing director.

“John has been a valuable member of our team, driving key investments with some of the most promising enterprise infrastructure startups over the past five years,” noted Chris Schaepe, Lightspeed co-founder and managing director. “In this senior role, he will continue to build our strong portfolio in disruptive growth segments relevant to the datacenter, including cloud computing, virtualization, data management, and next generation networking.”

Vrionis joined Lightspeed in 2006 as a senior associate and was later promoted to principal. During this tenure, he led the firm’s investments in a number of innovative startups, including DataStax, Embrane, Fast IP, and IO Turbine. Vrionis was also a member of the investment teams for portfolio companies, including AppDynamics, Cirtas, Delphix, Evolv, MapR Technologies, MuleSoft, Nimble Storage, Pliant, and Tintri.

Matt Pfeil, CEO of DataStax stated, “The reputation and expertise of Lightspeed is exceptional. In particular, John’s deep knowledge and understanding of our vision were key in the decision to select this team as an investment partner.”

“At Lightspeed, we take an entrepreneurial approach to venture capital by proactively engaging with the highest quality people and working on new company ideas together,” noted Vrionis. “We have a high integrity team which has the utmost respect for entrepreneurs. I am more excited than ever to expand our enterprise infrastructure portfolio to take advantage of the enormous opportunities in this market and to further position Lightspeed among Silicon Valley’s leading venture capital firms.”

Prior to Lightspeed, Vrionis held product management and marketing roles at Determina (acquired by VMware) and was an initial member of the executive team at Freedom Financial Network. He holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MS in computer science from the University of Chicago and a BA from Harvard University.

About Lightspeed Venture Partners
Lightspeed Venture Partners is a leading global venture capital firm with over $2 billion of committed capital under management. Lightspeed’s investment professionals and advisors are located in Silicon Valley, China, India and Israel. Over the past two decades, the Lightspeed team has backed more than 150 companies, many of which have become leaders in their respective markets including Blue Nile, Brocade, Calista, Ciena, DoubleClick, eHealth, Galileo Technology, Growth Networks, Informatica, Kiva Software, LightLogic, Lucky Pai, Maker Communications, Metasolv, Phone.com, Playdom, Quantum Effect Devices, Riverbed, Sirocco, TutorVista, Virsa Systems, and Waveset. For more information, visit the Lightspeed website: www.lightspeedvp.com