John is a highly experienced Chairman, Non-Executive Director and Coach. An engineer, he has 30 years experience as a Venture Capital investor in international technology companies headquartered in Ireland. He was CEO of Trinity Venture Capital from 1997 to 2014. He is a director, past and present, of over 30 companies, including two listed public companies. He was responsible for investments in over 30 companies; three IPO’s; and the sale of over 20 companies to US, UK, Israeli and European buyers. He has proven expertise, at Board level over the past 30 years, in raising equity; developing management teams; assisting companies to solve problems/accelerate growth; and the successful sale/IPO of businesses. He currently works as an adviser to a number of high potential companies.
As Co-Founder and CEO of Tenna, Austin is leveraging his international experience in construction operations for civil, building, and energy projects with The Conti Group, a 113-year-old private developer of infrastructure assets. His passion for entrepreneurship and technology has led him to create an asset tracking and construction technology platform that is designed for construction companies to get the most out of their assets and data.
Austin earned a bachelor’s degree from Babson College in Business Administration and Management with a concentration in General Entrepreneurship.