John Stokes - Early Stage VC

Partner at Real Ventures



Current location


Work category

Accounting and Finance



I am a start-up specialist and have founded a number of software, Internet and media companies – some more successful than others. Having gained operational experience and having had a degree of financial success I co-founded Piermont Ventures, a boutique investment and advisory business which advised exceptional entrepreneurs and invested in their startups.

With experience I have made the transition to Venture Capital and co-founded Montreal Start Up, a seed stage VC fund which enables me to continue to invest and work alongside entrepreneurs operating in the wireless, internet, and media space.

My operational strengths are as a strategist, marketer and sales professional and I am always interested in using these skills to strengthen and grow any community of which I am a part.

John Stokes's Professional Experience

2010 - Present
2009 - Present

Beyond the Rack - Board Member

Beyond the Rack is a private shopping club for men and women who want designer brands at prices up to 70% off retail. We work with major brands to hold limited-time sales that are open exclusively to our members. Each sale starts at a specific time (usually noon) and typically lasts only 48 hours. After the sales ends the merchandise is no longer available.

Key Skills
designer retail
2008 - Present

StatusNet Inc. - Board Member

StatusNet is the open source microblogging platform that helps you share and connect in real-time within your own domain.

With StatusNet you can encourage collaboration, build and engage your community, and be in command of your brand.

2008 - Present

Quiet Agent - Advisory Board Member

QuietAgent is an anonymous recruiting agent where job seekers complete an anonymous career profile (résumé), which continually keeps an eye out for their next career step. No job searching, no job alerts, no applying to jobs – totally anonymous.

Employers create a search that instantly shortlists, and continually keeps an eye out for, only the best qualified candidates who want the job. No job postings, no unqualified candidates.

Key Skills
2007 - Present

Montreal Start Up - Managing Partner

Responsible for overseeing the day to day management of the Fund, liaising with Limited Partners and Angel Groups as well as identifying and recommending new investment opportunities.

Board Director at investee companies, Oneeko, KeenKong, Beyond the Rack and Book Oven. Board observer at Standout Jobs.

2000 - Present

Piermont Ventures Ltd - President & CEO

Investment and Advisory Services in the area of telecoms, internet & media.

Key Skills
2008 - 2010

Global Entrepreneur Program - Deal Maker

As a Deal Maker with the UK's Global Entrepreneur Program (GEP), I support entrepreneurs and early stage technology companies as they build global businesses from a UK base.

2004 - 2005

Fremantlemedia Japan / Vogue Planet - Founder

Representative Director (Acting CEO)

Key Skills
1999 - 2000

Livedoor Group Inc. - COO

Founding COO of Japan's first Free ISP.

1998 - 1999

Aethos Communications (Logica CMG) - Vice President Asia Pacific

Established Asian operations for Aethos in Malaysia, India, China & Taiwan.

1996 - 1998

Brightpoint Inc. - Vice President - Network Services

Responsible for establishment of Brighpoint International's Value Added Services division. Open operations in South Africa, Australia, Philippines and Taiwan. Product focus was on Pre-Paid cellular and SMS Services.

1995 - 1998

Forte Communications - Co-Founder & VP Marketing

Forte Communications developed one of the world's first SMS to e-mail gateways. In my role as VP of Marketing I was responsible for product strategy, product marketing and international distribution of our Bulletin range of SMS software products. The products are still being sold under the brand.

Key Skills
1993 - 1996

Bellsouth NZ (now Vodafone NZ) - Product Manger - Wireless Handsets

Traditional product management role. Responsible for handset acquisition, positioning and branding strategy.

Key Skills

John Stokes's Education and Qualifications


Bachelor/Degree - , Intensive French

McGill University


Bachelor/Degree - BSc. (Hons), Sports Science

Manchester Metropolitan University