Fellows Directory

Jonathan Kissane

Visa

At Visa, Jon heads the Corporate Development and M&A team, leading Strategic Investments and Acquisitions. He and his team have identified, negotiated, and achieved $7B in private and public transactions on four continents.

Earlier, at NetApp, Jon served as both Chief Strategy Officer and the GM of the Cloud Business. He oversaw Corporate Strategy and Corporate Development and focused on driving the company-wide strategic planning process and identifying opportunities for technology collaboration and targeted strategic relationships. He led relationships with Cisco, Microsoft, and Amazon to press NetApp into the Cloud, and drove the acquisition of SolidFire to achieve flash and HCI leadership.

Previously, Jon was at CA Technologies, where he was responsible for identifying opportunities to re-invigorate the company's competitive position and portfolio of IT management solutions. He led the mergers and acquisitions process across CA businesses, and achieved over $1B in successful transactions. Earlier, he served as SVP and General Manager, eCommerce and IT at Corel Corporation.

Jon served his fellowship at Centennial Ventures, investing in network companies and related enabling software and technology enterprises.

Prior to his venture capital experience, he served as the VP of Business Development for ViaFone, a mobile applications startup backed by DFJ, RRE, and Redpoint and now owned by SAP. Before ViaFone, Jonathan was a Manager at The Boston Consulting Group focusing primarily on Internet, telecom and high-tech companies as well as working with digital media, real estate, financial services, and consumer goods clients. Jonathan has also worked at the leading New York law firm of Weil, Gotshal and Manges helping to close M&A and joint venture investment deals for various Fortune 500 clients.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Jonathan earned his MBA with distinction from INSEAD (France and Singapore), and a JD cum laude from Harvard Law School. He received his BA degree in history and a BS in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, where he graduated with Distinction and Honors, Phi Beta Kappa. He was President of the Stanford Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, as well as a member of the Varsity Crew Team.

Jonathan completed his fellowship as a member of Kauffman Fellows Class 9 at Centennial Ventures in Denver, CO.