John Thornton

General Partner

John Thornton joined Austin Ventures in 1991 and serves as General Partner. His investment focus is in the early-stage software sector. Previously, John was with McKinsey & Co., where he served clients in the U.S. and Europe. 

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 previously served on the Boards of Directors for Ballet Austin, the Austin Museum of Art, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. He is a founding board member of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas and a former trustee of Trinity University. In 2009, John founded the Texas Tribune, the nation’s first statewide nonprofit and nonpartisan online news organization.
 

Acorn Systems

Profitability and cost management solutions

Acorn provides companies with profitability and cost management solutions to drive better business decisions. Combining proprietary technology with proven methodology, Acorn reveals enterprise-wide profit opportunities.

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Active Network

NYSE: ACTV

Active Network is the largest and most comprehensive Internet site for participatory sports, providing athletes and event directors worldwide with a range of web-based resources and services. The company was started by athletes in search of a better way to handle the search and registration process for competing in sporting events.

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Active Power

NASDAQ: ACPW

Smart energy solutions

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BuildForge

Acquired by IBM (NYSE: IBM)

Development automation solutions for Real-World Application Lifecycle Management

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Calxeda

Power efficient server chips

Founded in January 2008, Calxeda brings new performance density to the datacenter with revolutionary server-on-a-chip technology. Calxeda currently employs 100 professionals in Austin Texas and the Silicon Valley area.

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CompareMetrics

Adaptive commerce solution inspiring better buying decisions

Compare Metrics offers Adaptive Commerce solutions that drive next generation product discovery and allow consumers to forge their own distinct path to a buying decision. The solution scales merchandising to support every consumer shopping scenario while creating new intelligence into how and why your shoppers buy. With this new found ability to understand and react to what customers really care about, retailers have seen increased shopper engagement, increased conversion, as well as improved relevancy and efficiency in demand generation and marketing strategies.

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Datical

Open source solutions to be consumed by enterprise level customers

Datical enables open source solutions to be consumed by enterprise level customers. Starting with database schema management, Datical was founded to industrialize open source point projects for Fortune 1000 clients.

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DAZEL

Acquired by Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPQ)
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ESO Solutions

Software solutions for the health-care industry

The ESO Solutions team brings together industry leaders in EMS, software design and information technology to create electronic patient care reporting and other software solutions for public and private emergency medical services and Fire organizations nationwide.

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Explorys, Inc

Integrated healthcare systems

Explorys was founded in 2009 as an innovation spinoff from Cleveland Clinic. Explorys addresses the national imperative to leverage BIG DATA in healthcare for the improvement of medicine and delivery of care.

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Flash Valet

Mobile and cloud-based parking solution

With Flash Valet, valet parking customers enjoy the ultimate in convenience by requesting their car (including the option to pay and tip) right from their mobile phone. It's as simple as sending a text message. Through Flash Valet's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud-based solution, parking providers enjoy revenue control and visibility at a fraction of the cost of other services. They can track vehicles in real time to control and boost revenue, manage employees' time and attendance, accept credit cards at the curb and through mobile payments, and more - all from one vendor. Flash Valet is a product of Klever Logic, Inc., a technology company based in Austin, Texas.

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FLOODGATE

A new model for funding tomorrow's great technology companies
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Idera

Application and server management

Idera provides industry-leading application and server management software for physical and virtual server platforms, including solutions for server backup, SQL Server administration and SharePoint administration. Idera's award-winning products address real-world challenges, including performance monitoring, backup and recovery, security, compliance and administration.

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Ignite Technologies

Content Delivery Solution

Ignite Technologies, privately-held and headquartered in Frisco, Texas, provides the industry's most secure and scalable Content Delivery Solution enabling customers to efficiently publish, deliver and manage digital assets - from rich media content for communications and training to software patches and virus updates - to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Ignite's patented Content Delivery Solution overcomes network and connectivity constraints that have limited the ability to reach online audiences with the highest quality, secure rich media. Ignite's Solution has been deployed across hundreds of thousands of users around the globe at companies like Accenture, and Bank of America.

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ITinvolve

Social IT Operations Management

ITinvolve provides IT organizations with the analysis and collaboration necessary to understand the impact of changes and move faster in response to business needs. Our breakthrough approach enables IT to easily capture and share their collective knowledge in order to provide unprecedented visibility into IT environments, reduce risk from changes, speed application releases, and resolve issues. ITinvolve lowers the total cost of delivering great service and works with existing IT management solutions. Built on the secure and scalable Force.com platform, ITinvolve runs in the cloud and requires no hardware or software installation.

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Limos.com

Online marketplace for town car and limo transportation

Limos.com's mission is to offer our customers fast and easy access to unbeatable prices for limousine and chauffeured transportation services for all types of occasions worldwide. Through our partnerships with the world's leading limousine companies, we can get you great deals that can't be found anywhere else.

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Lombardi Software

Acquired by IBM (NYSE: IBM)

Lombardi is a leader in business process management (BPM). We offer award-winning BPM technology and services to help our customers, partners and government agencies around the world succeed with their process improvement initiatives. Lombardi is behind some of the largest, most successful BPM implementations in the world. Our customers include AARP, Aflac, Allianz Group, Applied Materials, Aviva Plc., Banco Espirito Santo, Barclays Global Investors, Chiquita Brands, Dell, Financial Services Authority, Ford Motor Company, Hasbro, ING Direct, Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, Mirant, National Bank of Canada, National Institutes of Health, OAD Groep, Pfizer, PHH Arval, SIRVA, Symantec, UCLH, Wells Fargo, Yale University and numerous governmental agencies.

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Metasolv

Acquired by Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL)
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Mission Critical

Acquired by NetIQ (NASDAQ:NTIQ)

Enterprise systems management software

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Mobestream Media

Acquired by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI)
Mobile loyalty and offer distribution SAAS
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Motive

NASDAQ: MOTV

Service management software (NASDAQ: MOTV)

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Onit

Business process management software for SMBs

Launched in early 2010, Onit deploys Onit Apps to simplify business process automation and improve business productivity across all departments and industries. The Onit App Builder allows business users to drive efficiency and productivity by combining business process management, project management and information management into one easy to use tool so the user can create their own Onit Apps without having to rely on IT for support.

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Pentasafe

Acquired by NetIQ

Security software solutions

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SailPoint

Identity compliance enterprise software

SailPoint, the market-leading provider of on-premises and SaaS-based identity management solutions, helps the world's largest organizations mitigate risk, reduce IT costs and ensure compliance. The company's innovative solutions, IdentityIQTM and AccessIQTM, provide superior visibility into and control over user access to sensitive applications and data, regardless of where they reside.SailPoint's product suite provides customers a unified solution for risk-aware compliance management, closed-loop user lifecycle management, flexible provisioning, cloud access management, and identity intelligence; all based on an integrated governance model.

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Silverback Enterprise Group

Software consolidation initiative

Silverback Enterprise Group acquires and builds industry-leading software companies that provide mission-critical software products to enterprise customers. Silverback works with outstanding entrepreneurs and management teams to ensure the singular focus at every Silverback company is long-term customer success. Founded in 2010 by successful technology entrepreneurs and business operators, Silverback's leadership team has a proven acquisition track record, having completed 23 successful enterprise technology acquisitions in the past 10 years.

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SolarWinds

NYSE: SWI

SolarWinds is a leading provider of Windows-based network management, network monitoring and network discovery software. More than 40,000 customers spanning the military, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and education institutions have chosen SolarWinds to reduce network downtime, manage network compliance and change and improve staff efficiency. SolarWinds has developed and brought to market award-winning solutions that address the needs of network engineers from performance management to fault monitoring to configuration management.

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Spiceworks

The vertical network for IT professionals

Spiceworks™ is the vertical network that connects 2.5 million IT professionals with more than 1,800 technology vendors looking to reach them. The company combines free IT inventory, help desk and cloud management software with the world's largest IT community to help IT professionals simplify how they discover, buy and manage technology products and services. Technology marketers rely on Spiceworks' marketing programs and offerings to reach engaged, qualified IT buyers who spend more than $440 billion in new products and services each year. In just seven years, Spiceworks has become the place "where IT goes to work."

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TechRepublic

Acquired by Gartner

Community portal for IT professionals

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Tivoli

Acquired by IBM (NYSE: IBM)

Vignette

NASDAQ: VIGN

Internet relationship-management software (NASDAQ: VIGN)

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Waveset

Acquired by Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA)

Identity management software

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Zilliant

Price optimization and margin management software

Zilliant provides B2B companies with data-driven guidance, enabling smarter pricing and sales decisions to help businesses make their numbers. The Zilliant optimization platform uses advanced science in its price optimization, cross-sell and retention applications to enable companies to overcome the massive complexity in their businesses. Our flexible SaaS model allows customers to quickly and confidently improve their financial performance by integrating into existing systems and processes.

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