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John Balen

BS '82

General Partner
Canaan Partners (Menlo Park, CA)


John Balen joined Canaan Partners in 1995, and serves as General Partner in the firm's Menlo Park, California office. He is primarily focused on investments in information technology companies. Prior to joining Canaan, John served as a Managing Director of Horsley Bridge Partners, a multi-billion dollar private equity investment firm headquartered in San Francisco, California. During his nine-year tenure at Horsley Bridge Partners, he was responsible for a wide spectrum of investments in high technology companies, venture capital partnerships and buyout partnerships. Earlier in his career, he was a sales applications engineer at Codenoll Technology Corporation, a fiber communications start-up, and an engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation.


John received a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Cornell University.

Board Affiliations

He currently serves on the boards of Blurb, Casabi, Command Audio, Dexterra, Echopass, Everdream, ID Analytics, Silicon Optix, and Soasta. He previously served on the boards of Commerce One, Intraware and Rightpoint, which was acquired by Epiphany.