Fountain Partners Adds Venture Capital Veteran John Van Hooser as Managing Partner

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Former M/C Venture General Partner joins leading funding source specializing in equipment leasing.

I am very excited to join Fountain and to work with Tom to continue to build on the company's success

Fountain Partners today announced the addition of John Van Hooser as Managing Partner. Mr. Van Hooser joins Fountain Partners founder Tom Carter in managing its third fund, Fountain Leasing 2010 LP which is dedicated to equipment leasing needs of venture, growth and expansion stage companies. John Van Hooser brings over 15 years of venture capital and private equity experience most recently as a General Partner at M/C Venture Partners.

"I am very excited to join Fountain and to work with Tom to continue to build on the company's success," said John Van Hooser. "In my years as an equity investor, I have had first hand exposure to the challenges growth and venture stage companies face when it comes to financing meaningfully sized capital equipment purchases. In recent years I witnessed Fountain's ascension as a go-to source of equipment financing for equity sponsors and management teams in the communications sector based on its customer centric culture and ability to customize terms to fit clients' needs without requiring warrants, covenants or additional security; terms that are complimentary to existing equity and debt partners alike."

Fountain Partners has successfully invested two equipment leasing funds and is near the end of its fund raising for its third fund. Since 2006 Fountain has been exclusively focused on the needs of businesses that are generating cash losses from operations as they ramp development or expand sales rapidly. Despite the economic chaos of 2008 and 2009, Fountain has had only one surprise lease default.

"John has been a highly regarded investor not only for being astute in his business judgments but for being an individual that CEO's and other equity managers respect for his integrity, fairness and effectiveness," said Tom Carter. "The partnership is fortunate and proud to have John as a Managing Partner of its funds."

In addition to M/C Venture Partners, John Van Hooser was an investment professional at J.P. Morgan Capital and prior to that held positions at The Walt Disney Company and Bain and Company. John is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Dartmouth College. John will work from Fountain Partners' San Francisco office.

About Fountain Partners
Fountain Partners is a trusted funding source specializing in equipment leasing for venture, growth and expansion stage businesses throughout the United States of America. By focusing on financing fixed assets, the San Francisco-based investment firm can complement any existing debt or equity capital structure and do so without requiring equity enhancements or blanket liens. Fountain Partners considers investments in companies at any stage, from pre-revenue to large publicly traded companies sourced from a broad network of entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, interim CFOs, equipment leasing brokers, venture debt funds and other traditional and non-traditional lenders and equipment leasing companies. For additional information, please visit http://www.fountainpartners.com or contact Stephanie Breslin by e-mail at s.breslin@fountainpartners.com or by phone at 650-248-9590.

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