John Henderson | Partner AirTree


AirTree was founded in 2014 to back Australia and New Zealand’s most ambitious technology entrepreneurs. Their second $250m fund in 2016, was the largest ever venture-capital focused fund raised in Australia.

So far AirTree has partnered with, and supported more than 45 technology companies, including a growing number of highly successful ones such as Canva, Prospa, 90 Seconds and Hyper Anna.

The team loves to meet companies that are tackling big global problems early. Their investments have traditionally been made in the first round of funding, and clustered around machine learning, energy, fintech, healthcare, and enterprise software.

AirTree is one of the most experienced venture capital teams in Australia. They've been investing for a combined total of 50 years, sold four businesses, and worked for two of the largest tech platforms globally.


John is a Partner at AirTree and has led the firm's investments in Joyous (a conversation-based app to help break HR tasks into snackable daily interactions), Hyper Anna (natural language queries into your data), and Thematic (NLP insights from customer feedback) amongst others.

He was previously the COO of VC-backed Summly, an NLP-powered news summarisation service that was acquired by Yahoo.

Immediately prior to AirTree he was a founding Principal at White Star Capital in London where he backed successful companies including Dollar Shave Club, Betaworks, Aire and KeyMe.

John also founded London.AI, the leading community in Europe for AI practitioners, and has held roles at Facebook and Boston Consulting Group.