John possesses a unique blend of investing, corporate finance, operations and public sector experience that guides his investment focus and aligns with the team’s passion to give individuals and small businesses the opportunity for economic empowerment and financial well being.

Prior to joining Flourish, John served as a Managing Director for the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the U.S. government’s $60 billion development finance institution. During his tenure, John built and led the agency’s first direct equity investment group, investing in innovative companies creating impact in emerging markets around the world.

Before the DFC, John reported to the CFO at SoFi, a leading consumer fintech company. At SoFi, John spearheaded special projects, streamlined business operations, and worked on multiple acquisitions, including the $1.2 billion acquisition of Galileo Financial Technologies.

John began his career at Morgan Stanley as an intern in 2010, becoming an emerging markets credit trader. He ultimately left as a Vice President in the firm’s investment bank, advising leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions in the business services and consumer sectors.

John is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he concentrated in Finance. Inspired by his Nigerian heritage, John also received a minor degree in African Studies.

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[TechCrunch] Flourish Ventures, a ‘fintech venture fund with a purpose,’ secures $350M in new capital
Flourish Ventures, an early-stage venture firm investing exclusively in fintech companies in the U.S. and in emerging markets, has secured $350 million in fresh capital, TechCrunch is the first to report.
Why We Invested in CurbWaste: A Startup Poised to Transform the Waste Management Industry
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Why We Invested in Spade: The Real-Time Data Infrastructure That Combats Card Fraud
We’re very excited to announce that we’ve led the $10M Series A round for Spade, a company that is emerging as the leading provider of real-time merchant intelligence for the payment ecosystem that can meaningfully...
Flourish Ventures Adds New Talent and Opens San Francisco Office
Early-Stage Global Investors Provide Additional Support for Fintech Entrepreneurs SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., August 30, 2022 – Today, global venture capital firm Flourish announced the addition of two new senior hires and new office expansion into...
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Why We Invested in SeedFi: Innovative Way to Offer Credit-building and Savings Services
By Emmalyn Shaw In the United States, there are more than 100 million low- to middle-income citizens who wish to build credit and savings, but historically have been underserved by major banks and fintech startups....
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