John V. Bautista

Partner
Emerging Companies

John Bautista, a partner in Orrick’s Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices, is head of the Emerging Companies Group.

Mr. Bautista focuses his practice on advising emerging companies and investors, and represents both public and private high-tech companies in many areas, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, public company representation, and technology licensing.

Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Bautista was co-founder of Venture Law Group and served on the Executive Committee. Mr. Bautista previously practiced at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.

John Bautista

Representative clients and engagements include the following:

  • Airware – operating system software for drones, funded by Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures
  • ClariPhy Communications - next generation optical chips, funded by Norwest Venture Partners, Allegis Capital, ONSET Ventures and strategic investors
  • Cue - personal search across personal information, funded by Sequoia Capital. Sold to Apple Computer
  • Datasift – enabliing enterprise use and analysis of social and big data, funded by IA Ventures, Scale Ventures Partners and Insight Venture Partners
  • Disqus - a global comment system that improves discussion on websites and connects conversations across the Web, funded by Union Square Ventures and North Bridge
  • Docker - flexible solutions for software developers to build and deploy application to the cloud, funded by Benchmark, Trinity Ventures and Insight Venture Partners
  • Elasticsearch B.V. – distributed real time search, funded by Benchmark and Index Ventures
  • Glimmerglass Networks - intelligent optical switches, funded by Mobius Venture Capital, ONSET Ventures and Loudwater Investment Partners.
  • Heroku - online development for Ruby on Rails, funded by Redpoint Ventures and Ingnition Capital. Sold to Salesforce.
  • Heyzap - a social discovery platform for mobile and online games and the largest social network for mobile games, funded by Union Square Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures
  • IronPlanet - online trading marketplace for heavy equipment, funded by Accel, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and strategic partners
  • Optimizely – A/B testing for websites and ecommerce, funded by Benchmark, Bain Capital Ventures, InterWest Partners and Google Ventures
  • RapGenius – annotation and interpretation of lyrics, funded by Andreessen Horowitz
  • PagerDuty - phone and SMS alerting for IT monitoring tools, funded by Andresseen Horowitz
  • Sequans Communications S.A. (SQNS) - leading LTE semiconductor chip provider for 4G wireless devises, based in France. Completed NYSE IPO in 2011
  • Stripe, Inc. – online payment solutions for merchants, funded by Sequoia Capital, Funders Fund and other investors
Representative M&A transactions include the following:

  • Cue sale to Apple Computer
  • Flutter sale to Google
  • Neolane sale to Adobe
  • Posterous sale to Twitter
  • BackType sale to Twitter
  • Cardpool sale to Blackhawk
  • Scoopler sale to Google
  • CitizenSports sale to Yahoo!
  • CubeTree sale to SuccessFactors
  • Xoopit sale to Yahoo!
  • eTacts sale to Salesforce
  • Heroku sale to Salesforce
  • Vhayu Technologies sale to Thomson Reuters
  • Movity sale to Trulia
  • Scoopler sale to Google
  • Talkbin sale to Google
  • Zenbe sale to Facebook
  • Centrality Communications sale to SiRF Technology Holdings
  • Purisma Incorporated sale to Dun & Bradstreet
Languages
  • French
  • Spanish
Admitted In
  • California

Education
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1991
  • Visiting Scholar, International and Comparative Law, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles
Honors
  • 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Chambers USA, 2013: "Leaders in Their Field"
  • Top 30 Under 30 Political and Social Leaders in Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Business Journal
Memberships
  • State Bar of California
  • Council Member, City of Cupertino, California (1993-1997)
  • Mayor, City of Cupertino, California (1996-1997)

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