Our Venture Capital Fund Manager John Bergstrom has spent his entire career in the venture capital and entrepreneurial support world. Prior to joining Mairs & Power, John was a Partner with advisory firm RiverPoint Investments in St. Paul and before that he was a Vice President and Investment Officer of Cherry Tree Ventures in Minneapolis.
John has been involved with more than 50 companies as an investor and advisor and served as a member of the board of directors for more than 25 companies. Those companies, cumulatively, have raised hundreds of millions of dollars of equity financing. John has also been intimately involved in liquidity events for a large number of those companies, including initial public offerings, strategic acquisitions, and private equity transactions.
John is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A. Economics, and the University of Minnesota, M.B.A. Finance. He is also a Certified Director awarded by the National Association of Corporate Directors. John is committed to the community and has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including Goodwill Minnesota, Twin Cities Habitat, Chicagoland Habitat, SchoolStart, and NACD Minnesota.
Prior to joining Mairs & Power Venture Capital in 2022, Austin spent five years at CliftonLarsonAllen in Minneapolis, MN as an Investment Banking Associate, supporting sell-side M&A transactions for privately held companies across a diverse set of industries. Austin began his career at CliftonLarsonAllen in the firm’s tax practice.
His career began with Boston, MA-based Peloton Consulting Group, a technology and management consulting firm focused on providing enterprise planning and management recommendations to aerospace, life sciences, and financial services firms.
Austin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Finance, Investment, and Banking; and Management and Human Resources.
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