Founder & President, Swinford Group
John is the Founder and President of the Swinford Group. In this capacity, John consults with emerging growth companies, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and F500 firms.
John has 25+ years of entrepreneurial and investing experience in cloud-based software and SaaS businesses. John has been a board of director member for over 25 technology businesses. Before co-founding the Swinford Group, John was a Managing Director at Actua, overseeing acquisitions and providing strategic, operational and financial guidance to Actua’s partner companies, including InstaMed, VelocityEHS, GovDelivery, and Procurian. Before Actua, John was the Managing Director and Executive Vice President in charge of technology investments at Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE). Before Safeguard, John co-founded Gestalt, which provided software solutions for government and energy customers and was acquired by Accenture (NYSE: ACN). John also served as Senior Vice President of Breakaway Solutions (NASDAQ: BWAY), as co-owner and CTO of WPL Laboratories, an Inc. 500 company, and was an executive at PECO Energy and GE.
John is passionate about education and has been an adjunct professor at LaSalle University’s Graduate Computer Science department and Villanova University’s EMBA program. John has been a guest lecturer at the University of Penn’s Graduate Engineering and Graduate Organizational Dynamics programs. John is a past Chairman of the LaSalle University Computer Science Advisory Board.
John lives in the Greater Philadelphia area with his wife and four children.