John de Souza, firstname.lastname@example.org,
is the President and CEO of Med Help International,
Inc. (MedHelp) http://www.medhelp.org,
the oldest and largest health community site on the
John is the son of Domingos
deSouza and Elpiniki Papacostandinou a Greek national.
Domingos is the son of A. B Desouza (Parra) and Rosa
Viegas e Souza (Anjuna). John is the brother of Anthony,
who works for an IT startup company in Silicon Valley;
Francis, who was the President and CEO of IMLogic
until it was sold to Symantec and is now their Vice
President of Information Foundation Systems; Sophie,
who works at IBM and Mario, who is a research associate
at Stanford University Medical Center.
John, like his brother Francis, came
to the US when he was 16 and attended MIT. "Having
been born in Ethiopia and finishing high school in
the United Arab Emirates it was a dream to be able
to attend one of the top universities in the world.
I can still remember the excitement on finding out
that I had been accepted to MIT and, equally importantly,
that I had received a full scholarship to attend.
Having my brother at MIT eased my transition to the
US and the pace and intensity of MIT has served me
well throughout my career."
John de Souza has over a decade experience
focusing on technology startups and technology investing.
John's first startup experience was starting an instant
messaging software company, Flash Communications,
with his brother Francis. The company was purchased
by Microsoft. He then joined some MIT friends to work
at DESoFT, an brokerage technology startup, which
was purchased by Merrill Lynch. John then co-founded
a financial software company, Smartleaf, before joining
Goldman Sachs to focus on investing in private technology
companies. After five years of technology investing
John decided to combine his skills and led an investment
in MedHelp and took over as its President and CEO.