John May is an American venture capitalist, the Managing Partner of the New Vantage Group, which has organized five angel investing organizations in the Washington, D.C. area since 1999, placing funds into more than 50 companies.
May is the co-author of two books on angel investing, Every Business Needs an Angel and State of the Art: An Executive Briefing on Cutting-Edge Practices in American Angel Investing. May is Chairman Emeritus of the Angel Capital Association and former Co-Chairman of the World Business Angel Association. He is a lead instructor for the "Power of Angel Investing" seminar produced by the Angel Resource Institute and supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Batten Fellow at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and a Managing Director of Seraphim, a UK-based venture capital fund. May also served on the board of directors of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, the trade association for the venture capital industry in the Mid-Atlantic region.
May began his work in angel investing when he co-founded the Investors' Circle, a network of over 200 investors who use private capital to fund businesses that address social and environmental issues. May co-founded The Dinner Club, an investment group of 60 Washington, D.C. angel investors who collectively invested in regional early-stage ventures. A larger private investor pool, the eMedia Club with 75 members, followed it, and in 2000, the Washington Dinner Club. In 2003, May launched Active Angel Investors and in 2008 he created D’ArchAngels, a group of accredited investors in the Mid-Atlantic region with significant expertise in the intelligence and defense industries. In 2012, Active Angel Investors merged with another DC-area investors group, New Dominion Angels, of which May is a Co-Managing Partner.
Washingtonian Magazine named May one of its 100 Tech Titans of DC. At the Angel Capital Association Summit in San Francisco, CA on May 6, 2010, May was awarded the 2010 Hans Severiens Award for contributions to the angel investing industry.
In 2015, May co-edited, with Mannie Liu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), the book Angel Without Borders: Trends and Policies Shaping Angel Investment Worldwide (World Scientific Press: Singapore).
In 2016, May was selected as Co-Chairman of the newly formed Global Business Angel Network.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-07. Retrieved 2010-01-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- May, John; Simons, Cal (18 September 2001). "Every Business Needs an Angel: Getting the Money You Need to Make Your Business Grow". Crown Business – via Amazon.
- May, John; O'Haloran, Elizabeth (1 January 2003). "State of the Art: An Executive Briefing on Cutting-Edge Practices in American Angel Investing". The Darden School Batten Insti – via Amazon.
- "World Business Angels Association".
- "Seraphim - We invest in early stage technologies".
- "Mid-Atlantic Venture Association".
- "Impact Investing Happens Here - Investors' Circle".
- "MIT Enterprise Forum - Global Programs".
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2010-01-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Washington Dinner Club, Angel Investor Group in Vienna, Virginia". Archived from the original on 2010-02-14.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2010-01-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Venture Capitalist Group Leads the Way Where Some Angels Fear to Tread". 2 April 2009. Archived from the original on 3 February 2010.
- May, John; Liu, Manhong Mannie; Tuomi, Krista; O'Keefe, Joseph. "Angels Without Borders". doi:10.1142/9881.
- "Speaker Profile of John May". Archived from the original on 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
- "Space Angels Network". Archived from the original on 2013-07-26.
- Baltimore Business Journal profile of John May
- May's testimony before the House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, March 2009[permanent dead link]
- Wall Street Journal coverage of May's Congressional testimony
- May in New York Times article on Angel Investing