John Connors, a specialist in enterprise software and services, was an investor in big data company Splunk, one of the hot IPOs of 2012. Splunk soared 109% on its first day of trading and was recently trading at a market cap of about $4 billion. He also invested in Heroku, which Salesforce.com acquired in 2010 for $212 million, and XenSource, which was acquired by Citrix in 2007. Other current investments include Parse, Motif Investing, Datasphere and Opscode. Connors was previously at Microsoft for 16 years, holding a number of executive positions including chief financial officer from 2000 to 2005. Connors’ firm Ignition Partners recently reformed as a smaller team with three general partners. He’s on the boards of Nike, FiREapps, Scout Analytics, Datasphere, Motif, Splunk, Opscode, Parse and Tier 3. Connors relaxes by working cattle on his ranch near his hometown in Southeastern Montana.
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