Catapult Partners

John Rizzo: Executive Leadership

Objective: CEO of revenue-stage technology start-up, or senior executive at either a mid cap company or larger public company.

Leadership Experience

CEO of two companies. Background includes some of the world's most successful firms. Helped guide companies through start-up, flagship product launches, major branding and marketing campaigns, high growth, IPOs and acquisitions. Built high performance, high velocity, winning cultures, attracting "A" level recruits.

Learned from the best: Led product management and shipment of the first Apple Macintosh, working with Steve Jobs. At age 24, participated with Andy Grove on the creation of his first book, High Output Management. At 27 years old, served as VP Marketing & Sales for Weitek, growing the company to $50M in revenue and leading road show for successful IPO. Contributed to Geoff Moore's seminal book, Crossing the Chasm.

Served on the Advisory Boards of notable start-up and second-stage companies. Advised several iconic leaders of technology and Silicon Valley venture capital firms.

Earnings Performance

As CEO and advisor, led successful launch of businesses that delivered profitable growth. Led turnaround of a number of failing businesses and products.

High-performance track record earned the trust of several major venture firms including NEA, Walden, IVP, ATA and Javelin. Led one company through IPO and set the stage for another, as well as several acquisitions. Established early cloud-based social media and software-as-a-service (SaaS) play in 2000 that actually generated revenue. Grew the firm to breakeven.

Key early-stage contributor to companies that are today delivering well over $100B in combined sales.

Industry & Technology

Broad and deep experience/expertise in industries including semiconductors, EDA, mobile and wireless systems, consumer electronics, internet, new media, video gaming, software and SaaS.

Strategy, Business Development, Fundraising

Led strategy, business development and fundraising for 14 companies. Raised total of more than $150M in private and public markets. Notable early-stage contributions include nVidia and Cirrus Logic (initial sales, development, product launch and marketing), which grew from start-up to over $4B and $2B in sales, respectively. In another case, RIM eventually paid $600M to license IP for use in Blackberry products. In a fourth example, the company posted revenue of $250M in its first year of business.

Consumer & Enterprise Marketing

Created successful, competitive brand and corporate identity strategies, built new brands and revived flagging ones. Led disruptive initiatives and drove market creation for groundbreaking products and technologies: Apple Macintosh, Flash memory, early graphics chips for PC gaming, laser printers, tablet computers, early social media, digital audio amplifiers and home wireless content platforms. Applied consumer marketing techniques to enterprise channels and products.

While driving the launch of Apple Macintosh, conceived of the idea to create one of the first laser printers, the Apple LaserWriter. Deployed the world's first laser disk-based retail demonstration kiosk for the hugely popular Test Drive a Macintosh program.

Global Market Experience

Broad international experience on four continents. Directed global market strategy for Oracle. Managed international teams and operations for several technology companies. Developed strategy and launched groundbreaking wireless consumer platform for emerging worldwide consumer markets as CEO of Zeebo. Planned and executed market entry in Latin America, India and China.

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