John Hartnett

CEO & Founder

John Hartnett is the Founder and CEO of SVG Partners a Silicon Valley investment, technology and advisory firm that works with Fortune 500 Corporations, investors and global start ups. John is also Founder of Thrive AgTech, a venture and innovation platform working with start ups, growers and corporations from around the world advancing the future of Food & Agriculture.

He is a 25-year veteran of the technology industry having been Executive Vice President of Palm the Smartphone pioneer and also held senior management positions at Metacreations, Claris/Apple, AT&T /Teradata and Digital Equipment (DEC).

He has served on both private and public boards such as Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline, Executive Chairman of Daybreak Technologies that was recently acquired by Medidata (NYSE: MDSO) and various technology start up companies.

He is founder and president of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), a network of global Irish technology leaders who’s main focus is to foster the links between the USA and Ireland. He has served on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Northern Ireland Economic Working Committee and is currently Chairman of the Technology Advisory Council appointed by the Northern Ireland Prime Minister and deputy Prime Minster.

John is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, holds a post graduate diploma in accounting and finance and has completed executive management programs at both Stanford and Harvard Universities.