John HammJohn Hamm
Executive/CEO Coach
Leadership and Strategy

John Hamm has a diverse background as a technology CEO, a venture investor, an executive/CEO leadership coach/advisor and a Board member of more than 25 companies.  He is an Operating Partner at Khosla Ventures coaching CEOs across the Khosla Ventures portfolio, and, also has established an independent CEO Executive Coaching practice for venture-backed technology CEOs and senior executives, worldwide.

He has advised more than 90 CEOs and many of their teams in the last 15 years in the areas of leadership practices, strategy, and executive team development.  He is a frequent speaker and facilitator for mid-large organizations supporting their executive development programs.

John’s popular leadership book, Unusually Excellent (Wiley – 2010) is available @  His timeless article, “The Five Messages Leaders Must Manage”, was the lead feature in the May, 2006 issue of The Harvard Business Review.  Prior, Hamm wrote “Why Entrepreneurs Don’t Scale”, in HBR in December 2002, which is used in more than a dozen MBA programs worldwide. Hamm has been published in Fast Company, Business 2.0, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal.

Earlier in his career John was CEO of PonoMusic, a project founded by Neil Young, dedicated to the quality of studio master music recordings for consumers who value audio/musical fidelity.  Prior, John served as CEO of Accept Software (enterprise Product Management SaaS) which was acquired by Artemis, a Versata Company.  John was also a Partner at TCG Advisors with Geoff Moore, and a venture partner at Redpoint Ventures.

John has excelled in senior leadership/operating roles at several high-growth companies,

including Whistle Communications, where he was president and CEO. Backed by IVP and Mayfield Fund, Whistle was acquired by IBM in June 1999.  Prior, Hamm served for six years as EVP and GM at Adaptec.  Earlier, he held executive positions at Western Digital in the U.S. and Europe. John started his career at Hewlett-Packard.

Hamm has been an investor and Board member at Brocade (NASDAQ:BRCD), Ironport (acquired by Cisco), Documentum (NASDAQ:DCTM – acquired by EMC), Solarflare (aquired by Xlinx), Blue (aquired by Logitech).  John currently serves on the Board of Directors or and Nexant, both in San Francisco.

John taught an Entrepreneurial Leadership course for five academic years in both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum of The Leavey School of Business, at Santa Clara University. John holds a Bachelor, Science degree with honors in Engineering from Purdue University – Engineering Physics and Engineering Management.  John lives in San Francisco with his wife Joanna, and they have 4 “grown” (almost) children, ages 21-31.  He enjoys golf, audio & music, wine, and biking.