Creating an Enterprise Amidst Opportunity and Uncertainty
About John Nehra
Retired investment banker and venture capital executive John Nehra shares a venture capitalist’s perspective on creating companies and talks about what he learned overseeing medical technology incubators.
For more than 40 years, John worked with entrepreneurs developing new technologies and services in healthcare and technology. A graduate from the University of Michigan, he joined Doyle O'Connor & Company, a leading nationwide NASDAQ trading firm based in Chicago, in 1970 as an associate in its venture group. He went on to expand the company by building a small research and sales department that followed small-to-medium publicly traded growth stocks, complementing the firm's historic trading capabilities.
In 1975, John was hired by Alex Brown & Sons to build a corporate strategy in healthcare, with an expanded approach to investment banking. For decades, Alex Brown was the preeminent national firm in healthcare research, trading and banking. In 1981, after nearly five years of strategy and growth changes, John became a partner. He went on to work with other Alex Brown partners entering into venture capital, merchant banking and capital markets. He expanded his vision into healthcare-related research and investment banking, ultimately managing Alex Brown’s capital markets desk.
From 1989 until his retirement in August 2014, John was affiliated with New Enterprise Associates, a leading venture capital firm. From 1993, he was made general partner for several of its affiliated venture capital limited partnerships and also served as managing general partner of Catalyst Ventures, a venture capital firm. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, John also served on numerous boards of NEA's portfolio companies in healthcare and technology.
Today, John remains a retired special partner of NEA. Since 1999, he has served on the board of DaVita, one of the largest kidney care companies in the United States. He also advises and serves on the boards of several private companies and has been active with the Baltimore School for the Arts and various charities. John is married and has two daughters.
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