E136: John Neis, Executive Managing Director at Venture Investors – Interview

November 30, 2017


This interview is about venture capital in Wisconsin, the Midwest and beyond. It’s with John Neis, Executive Managing Director at Venture Investors in Madison, WI. John has been the leading VC in Madison and Wisconsin for many years.

He sits on a number of boards including PrevaCept Infection Control, Cellectar Biosciences, Delphinus Medical Technologies and TAI Diagnostics. He has had successful exits including Third Wave, TomoTherapy and Nimblegen.

He joined Venture Investors way back in 1985, so he’s seen a lot in the venture world.

We talk about about venture capital in the Midwest, changes in venture capital, what John has learned, and what he’s excited about now.

Here are some other things we talk about:

-What was the VC climate like in Madison and the Midwest in 1985?
-We talked about TAI Diagnostics.
-What is being a VC all about? It’s the people. Over the years what have you learned working with people?
-What are you especially interested in now?
-What do you like to do outside of work?