John Thornton joined Austin Ventures in 1991 and focuses on software investing and firm strategy. Previously, John was with McKinsey & Co., where he served clients in the U.S. and Europe. He has worked with companies such as Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW), Dazel (NYSE: HP), Lombardi (NYSE: IBM), Metasolv (NASDAQ: MSLV), Mission Critical (NASDAQ: NTIQ), Motive (NASDAQ: MOTV), Pentasafe (NASDAQ: NTIQ), SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), TechRepublic (NYSE: IT), Tivoli (NYSE: IBM), Vignette (NASDAQ: VIGN), and Waveset (NASDAQ: SUNW).John received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his BA summa cum laude from Trinity University, where he graduated first in his class. He is former board member of Ballet Austin, the Austin Museum of Art, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas; a founding board member of the Entrepreneur’s Foundation; and a former trustee of Trinity University. In 2009, John founded The Texas Tribune, the nation’s first statewide, non-profit, non-partisan, online news organization.