JOHN BALL is the founder and Managing Director of Steamboat Ventures， which he formed in 2000. He has over 20 years of experience in venture capital investing， mergers amp; acquisitions， business development and strategic planning in the media， entertainment and technology sectors.
John currently serves on the boards of Pure Digital Technologies， RazorGator， Inc.， and VoodooVox. John’s prior investments include Quigo， acquired by AOL （NYSE： TWX）， Iridigm Display Corporation， acquired by Qualcomm （NASDAQ： QCOM） and Fastclick （NASDAQ： FSTC， acquired by ValueClick， NASDAQ： VCLK）。
Prior to founding Steamboat Ventures， John ran the Corporate Development group for The Walt Disney Company， where he was responsible for all corporate development and specialized transaction work for the company.
John has completed venture capital investments and mergers amp; acquisitions in areas including online services and advertising， enterprise software and security， digital imaging， next generation display technology， interactive games， television and radio broadcasting， cable networks and publishing.
Earlier in his career， John worked at Burr， Egan， Deleage amp; Co.， an early-stage venture capital fund investing in information technology， media and broadcasting， and biotechnology. John received a BA in biological sciences from Tufts University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.