John Kinzer

John Kinzer

Operating Partner

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Helped lead successful IPOs for HubSpot and Blackboard

8 former team members have become CFO’s

Founder’s Circle member of the APEX Center for Entrepreneurs at Virginia Tech

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John Kinzer


John is an Operating Partner of Stripes focusing on SaaS investments. Currently, John serves on the board of multiple rapidly growing SaaS companies.

Previously, John served as Chief Financial Officer of HubSpot, the inbound marketing and sales SaaS company, where he led a successful IPO in 2014 and saw the company grow from $80 million to $500 million of Annual Recurring Revenue and over a $6 billion market cap. Prior to HubSpot, John served as CFO for Blackboard, Inc., the leading SaaS education company. He played a key role in taking Blackboard public in 2004 and reaching over $500 million in revenue before being acquired by a private equity firm. Earlier in his career, Kinzer held leadership roles at MCI and Arthur Andersen, LLP.

John is a passionate supporter of his alma mater, Virginia Tech where he serves on the Executive Committee of the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs.

"As I looked for the next challenge in my career, I knew that mission and culture were the two most important factors in my decision. When I got to know the Stripes team and how deeply they care about the entrepreneur, I knew I had found the right fit."


John lives in Arlington VA with his wife, three daughters and the only other boy in the family his dog, Bandit. He loves snow skiing, water sports and cycling. His proudest cycling moment was completing the 160 mile Pan Mass Challenge charity ride. An avid traveler, Kinzer has visited 30 countries and after recently visiting North Dakota has visited all 50 states.


B.S. in Accounting from Virginia Tech University