John Martinson, Chairman
John Martinson has been a venture capitalist for 40 years, participating in more than 200 equity financings and serving as a director of 55 companies. He is well known in the software industry, Mid-Atlantic region business community, and nationally in the private equity industry.
Martinson Ventures makes investments ranging from $250 thousand to $3.5 million. John targets information technology businesses serving healthcare, education, financial and other applications.
John founded Edison Partners in 1986. Edison Partners has raised eight partnerships with more than $1 billion capital. Edison has invested in over 210 growth businesses, and exited more than 155 companies.
Edison focus has been software businesses with $5-20 million revenue located in the eastern United States. Initial investments range from $4 – 12 million. Cumulative investment per company ranges from $8 – 20 million. Edison Partners has made over 25 investments in each of the following sectors: Financial Technology, Healthcare IT, Interactive Marketing and Enterprise 2.0.
John is General Partner for Edison IV-VII. He transitioned leadership of the firm to Chris Sugden in 2013. John serves on the Edison Investment Committee and portfolio company boards.
He is 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. John is Co-founder and former Chairman of the New Jersey Technology Council. He is former Chairman of Greater Philadelphia Venture Group, which merged into PACT. John launched the New Jersey Venture Fair in 1995.
John earned a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, an M.S. in Astronautics from Purdue University, and an MBA from Southern Illinois University. All three institutions honored John with their top alumni accomplishment award. He received honorary doctorates from Rider, Rowan, and Thomas Edison Universities.
Ross Martinson, President
I am working for the same goal that Thomas Edison said of himself 100 years ago: “My principal business is giving commercial value to the brilliant, but sometimes misdirected, ideas of others.”
Ross Martinson is a director of five Martinson Ventures companies providing software and information services. He evaluates investment opportunities, and assists in due diligence. Ross coordinates closings and leads exits for Martinson Ventures.
Ross is a General Partner for three current Edison Partners funds. He is a director of two Edison portfolio companies. He previously served 15 other Edison companies as a director, including lead director and chairman roles. Ross focuses on technology-enabled services for business applications and functions. Ross has participated in many successful company sales.
Previously, Ross was Vice President with the securities firm of Kidder, Peabody. His positions included Director of Financial Consulting and Director of Corporate Financial Management Information. Earlier, Ross was Controller of two high growth start-up businesses, American Express Leasing and ABB Financial Services. He was Senior Auditor as a CPA with Arthur Andersen.
He served as an Advisory Board Member of the Private Equity CFO Association and the New Jersey Technology Council CFO Board.
BA, Economics, Yale University, with honors
MS/ MBA, New York University