John Martinson

John founded Edison in 1986 and is General Partner for Edison I-VII. He transitioned leadership of the firm to Chris Sugden in 2013. John has been a venture capitalist for 37 years, participating in more than 150 equity financings and serving as a director of 55 companies. He is well known in the Mid-Atlantic region business community and nationally in the private equity industry. He serves as a director of four Edison portfolio companies.
John is a former Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, serving as a director for eight years. At the 2006 NVCA Annual Meeting, John received the NVCA Service Award. He is co-founder and former chairman of the New Jersey Technology Council, and former chairman of PACT (previously Greater Philadelphia Venture Group).
John earned a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, an M.S. in Astronautics from Purdue, and an MBA from Southern Illinois University. All three institutions honored John with their top alumni accomplishment award. He received honorary doctorates from Rider and Rowan Universities.