John Merrells Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel

  • Status
  • Active

  • Investments
  • 4

  • Portfolio
  • 1

  • Exits
  • 3


John Merrells General Information


Mr. John Merrells serves as Chief Product and Technology Officer at Kea. He is an Angel Investor. He served as an Advisor at ALICE Technologies. He served as Chief Product Officer at Sight Machine. He served as the Chief Technology Officer & Advisor at Kidaptive. John is an entrepreneur and software architect who enjoys building things. His technical interests are information retrieval, cloud computing, and machine intelligence. In the past, John has mostly worked within the domains of application-specific database servers, semi-structured information systems, query processors, distributed systems, digital identity, and asynchronous replication. He considers himself a Yorkshireman, despite having been born in Scotland and going to secondary school in Singapore. He's now been in California for 16 years, with a 2-year break in Oxford. Whilst in Oxford John co-founded a startup incubator, Parthenon Computing. Parthenon helped accelerate a dozen companies in five years, with one spin out, and three acquisitions, including Secerno by Oracle and We7 by Tesco. Previously he created the Berkeley DB XML product within Sleepycat Software and promoted the open-source project by building a vibrant community through speaking engagements, personal networking, and blogging. He was also an architect of the Netscape Directory Server, which was subsequently adopted by Sun, AOL, RedHat, and HP as the foundation of their Identity Management Systems. In his formative years, John tested C/C++ compilers, wrote computer games, worked on a terminal emulator, and helped build a voice mail system. His opportunities to learn from failure have included: Etime Capital, Sxip, and Cuil. Once upon a time, he was the Publications Officer of the ACCU, a non-profit organization dedicated to professionalism in software engineering, and for 10 years was the editor of their Overload journal. He is a member of the ACM, the IEEE, and the ACCU and holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Hertfordshire University.

Business Details

Year Founded
Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Corporate Office
  • 101 Avellino Way
  • Mountain View, CA 94043
  • United States

John Merrells Investments (4)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Expressive (Business/Productivity Software) 24-Aug-2017 Angel (individual) 0000 Business/Productivity Software Out of Business 0000 00000000
Jiseki 12-Oct-2016 0000 00000 00.000 Human Capital Services Generating Revenue 0000 00000000
Kyron 22-Oct-2013 Seed Round 000 Medical Records Systems Out of Business 0000 00000000
Kidaptive 01-Jan-2012 Seed Round Educational Software Generating Revenue 0000 00000000

John Merrells Exits (3)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
Expressive (Business/Productivity Software) 17-Jul-2021 Out of Business
Kidaptive 16-Mar-2021 0000000000
Kyron 01-Nov-2019 000 00 00000000

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John Merrells Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
John Merrells Angel Investor 0 Mountain View, CA

John Merrells FAQs

  • Who is John Merrells?

    John Merrells is an angel Investor who has made 4 investments.

  • What kind of investor is John Merrells?

    John Merrells is an angel investor.

  • What does John Merrells do?

    As an angel investor, John Merrells invests personal money into promising companies, typically in exchange for equity.

  • What has John Merrells invested in?

    John Merrells has made numerous investments in companies like Expressive (Business/Productivity Software), Jiseki, and Kyron within the Business/Productivity Software, Human Capital Services, and Medical Records Systems industries.

  • What has John Merrells invested in recently?

    John Merrells's latest investment was on 24-Aug-2017 in Expressive (Business/Productivity Software), a company within the Business/Productivity Software industry.

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