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John Ball is the Founder and Managing Partner of Steamboat Ventures, which he formed in 2000. He has over 20 years of experience in venture capital investing, mergers & acquisitions, business development and strategic planning in the media, entertainment and technology sectors.

John also oversees the Steamboat Ventures Social Enterprise Fund, which was formed in 2007 to provide philanthropic support to microfinance organizations throughout Asia.

Prior to founding Steamboat Ventures, John ran the Corporate Development group for The Walt Disney Company, where he was responsible for corporate development and specialized transaction work for the company.

John received a BA in biological sciences from Tufts University in 1986 and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  He is a member of the International Boards of Advisors.  He is an active participant in the Tufts Financial Network.  John and his wife, Suzanne, have two daughters:  Elizabeth and Abigail.  Elizabeth, is a graduate of the class of 2018.


December 11, 2018