John Albright Managing partner of Relay Ventures
Albright has been a venture capitalist since before it was cool. He founded JLA Ventures in 1996, then merged it with RBC Venture Partners in 2008 to form Relay, which managed the BlackBerry Partners Fund. Albright’s big exits include Research in Motion and
Descartes Systems Group, which made its IPO in 1999, just in time to ride the stock market boom and bust. He now has offices in Toronto and Menlo Park, California.
money under Management:
Approximately $600 million.
He led a $16-million round of funding for the sports media company the Score as it pivoted from TV to mobile.
the one That got Away:
Albright passed on Waze in 2008. In 2013, the company was acquired by Google, reportedly for $1.3 billion.
friends in high places:
Tony Lacavera, founder of Wind Mobile and Globalive Holdings; Scott Dyer, senior vice-president at Corus Entertainment; Jonathan Lister, vice-president of sales at LinkedIn.