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John Hartnett

CEO & Founder

John Hartnett is the Founder and CEO of SVG Ventures a Silicon Valley investment, technology and advisory firm that works with Fortune 500 Corporations, investors and global start ups. He is also Founder of THRIVE, the leading agri-food innovation ecosystem, comprised of top agriculture, food & technology corporations, universities and investors. With a community of over 2,000 startups from 82 countries, the THRIVE platform invests, accelerates and creates unparalleled access for entrepreneurs to scale globally.

Hartnett is a 25-year veteran of the technology industry having been Executive Vice President of Palm the Smartphone pioneer. In his nine year term at Palm he held the position of Executive Vice President of Global Markets where Palm’s worldwide smartphone business grew to over $3.5 Billion in revenue. He played a lead role in the merger and integration of Palm and Handspring and prior to that he built the Global Operations and CRM organization at Handspring from start up through to its $3.5 Billion IPO. He has also held senior management positions at Metacreations, Claris/Apple, AT&T /Teradata and Digital Equipment Corporation.

John has served on both private and public boards such as Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline and was Executive Chairman of Daybreak Technologies that was recently acquired by Medidata. He is on the advisory board of the Limerick Institute of Technology, serves on the Expert committee of the Chinese National Innovation Zone and also serves on the board of various other 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 & Harvard Universities.