John de Souza

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John de Souza


A serial entrepreneur, John has founded and held senior management positions in several startup companies. John co-founded Flash Communications, an Internet startup company that developed real-time two-way messaging systems acquired by Microsoft. John was a co-founder and director of Smartleaf, a financial software company providing separate account management solutions. He was also the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at DESoFT, an internet startup company acquired by Merrill Lynch that developed online real-time brokerage systems for retail brokerage firms.
John started his career in healthcare performing research on guidance systems for robotic surgery at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. He also conducted research on virtual reality systems for NASA’s Neurolab Space Project and on tools for laparoscopic surgery at the University of Tokyo. Most recently, he was the head of the Technology Practice in Goldman Sachs’ Private Equity Group investing in healthcare and technology.
John received a B.S. and an M.S. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from College des Ingenieurs in France.

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