John Hawkins is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Generation Partners, a private equity firm that provides growth capital to technology-enabled services companies through buyout and minority equity investments. Through Generation and predecessor firms, Mr. Hawkins has 25 years of experience in private equity investing.
Prior to founding Generation in 1995, Mr. Hawkins was a General Partner of Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co., a venture capital firm which he joined in 1987. At Burr, Egan, Deleage, Mr. Hawkins invested mainly in telecommunications, data communications, software, and business services companies. Prior to this, he worked in the Corporate Finance Department of Alex Brown & Sons, Inc. in San Francisco, where he advised information technology companies in the areas of financial strategy, public offerings and mergers & acquisitions. Earlier, he was a publishing research analyst covering information technology companies for Woodman, Kirkpatrick & Gilbreath an investment bank which was subsequently purchased by Hambrecht & Quist.
In addition to Captivate, Mr. Hawkins has served on the Board of Directors of over 20 companies including: HotJobs (NASDAQ: HOTJ) – a pioneer in online recruiting; P-Com (NASDAQ: PCOM) – a communications infrastructure equipment supplier; Demand Media (NYSE: DMD) – a leading online media company; thePlatform – a developer of digital content software solutions; Agility Recovery Solutions – a leading disaster recovery provider; High End Systems – a premier manufacturer of intelligent lighting; ShopWiki – an advanced comparison shopping search engine; Donuts – a domain registry where he is a board observer; and iCrossing – a large independent, global interactive advertising agency.
Mr. Hawkins graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English with honors from Harvard College in 1982, where he was a John Harvard Scholar. He received his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1986. Mr. Hawkins is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization.