John Backus
Panelist, On Small Business

Based in the national capital region, John Backus is a founder and managing partner at New Atlantic Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm investing nationally in digital media, ecommerce, education and the business of healthcare. Before he became a venture capitalist, he co-founded US Order, which revolutionized online banking, went public in 1995 and was sold to Visa. John began his career at Bain & Co. and Bain Capital and received his BA and MBA from Stanford University. He has served as the chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and as a technology policy adviser to Virginia governors Gilmore, Warner and McDonnell. He blogs at and is @jcbackus on Twitter.

Latest by John Backus

Commentary: Don’t let the FBI wiretap your smartphone apps

Giving the FBI a back door into mobile and Internet applications is a bad idea.

Commentary: Creative destruction meets higher education

The future will be grim if you run one of the 4,100 colleges or universities in the United States and are unwilling to embrace dramatic change.

Businesses of all sizes and types have their challenges

COMMENTARY | As a venture capitalist, I see our biggest issue as the pace of economic growth.

The growing force of ‘Crowdlobbying’

John Backus: the lobbying power structure is about to meet its match.