Kevin Johnson

Venture Partner

Consumer, Marketplaces, Next-Gen Commerce, EdTech

Kevin is a serial CEO and independent board member with over 30 years of experience starting, growing, and transforming businesses in the US and abroad.

Most recently, Kevin served as CEO of Udemy (NASDAQ: UDMY), the leading global marketplace for learning and instruction. Prior to Udemy, Kevin grew Ebates (now rakuten.com) from a pioneering start-up in the cash back shopping space to the dominant player globally.

Kevin has held leadership roles at Acxiom, Digital Impact, and Netcentives and served six years with the Boston Consulting Group, where he provided strategic and operating expertise to leading multinational companies around the world. Kevin started his professional career as an investment banker and entrepreneur, helping launch The GulfStar Group, an investment bank headquartered in Texas.

Kevin holds bachelors degrees in International Political Economy and English Literature from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He lives in Marin with his wife and two teen children.

Contact
kj@lobby.vc

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University of California, Berkeley (BA)
Stanford University (MBA)

Additional roles
Acxiom Digital, President and General Manager
Ebates (acq. By Rakuten), Executive Officer and CEO
Udemy, CEO

Learn more about Kevin Johnson’s Lobby companies

WaffarX

WaffarX is the first cash-back shopping platform for the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). WaffarX offers their customers a variety of promotions when shopping through their digital platform.
Status:
Active
Sector:
Consumer
Sub‑Sector:
eCommerce/Marketplaces
Location:
Cairo, Egypt
Founder(s):
Ezz Fayek, Mahmoud Montasser, Ahmed Kamal
Lobby Lead:
David Hornik / Kevin Johnson

Learn more about Kevin Johnson’s companies before Lobby Capital

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eBates

Status:
Exited – All / Exited – Acquired
(Acquired by Rakuten)
Sector:
Consumer
Sub‑Sector:
eCommerce/Marketplaces
Location:
Menlo Park, California
Investment Lead:
David Hornik, Eric Carlborg, Kevin Johnson
Eric Carlborg, David Hornik, Kevin Johnson (Company Executive)
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eBates is the pioneer and leader of online Cash Back Shopping.

WaffarX

Status:
Sector:
Consumer
Sub‑Sector:
Location:
Investment Lead:
David Hornik, Kevin Johnson
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