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John Kim
Co-Founder & Managing Director at HighBar Partners


John Kim is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of HighBar Partners, a private investment firm focused on enterprise and infrastructure software companies undergoing change or transition. HighBar provides patient, long-term capital and resources to fund growth and assist management teams with financial, strategic and operational execution. Mr. Kim’s current and past directorships at HighBar include Virtual Instruments, Janrain, Clustrix, Zettaset, Soonr (acquired by Autotask) and Vyatta (acquired by Brocade).

Prior to HighBar, Mr. Kim was with W Capital Partners where he invested in technology special situations and direct secondaries. Prior to W Capital, Mr. Kim was Director of Corporate Development at Zeborg (acquired by Emptoris), a venture-backed enterprise software company spun off from The Mitchell Madison Group, where he focused on operations and corporate strategy. He was also Director of Investments at ISL Management, a venture capital firm funded by JPMorgan dedicated to early stage software and financial service investments. Prior thereto, Mr. Kim was an investment banker with JPMorgan Chase (and its predecessors) and Robertson Stephens, where he worked on complex M&A and leveraged finance transactions across various sectors including technology, financial services, healthcare and industrials.