John Witchel

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John Witchel

(1968-02-28) February 28, 1968 (age 53)
New York City
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materStanford University (BA)
OccupationCo-Founder and CEO of King Energy

John Witchel is an American entrepreneur, NCAA and Pac-10 swimming champion (both as a Team and Individually), two-time Pan American Games gold medal winner, and two-time Goodwill Games gold medal winner.[1] Mr. Witchel was the co-founder and CTO of Prosper Marketplace, America's first peer-to-peer lending marketplace, and the co-creator flash mob computing. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of King Energy.

Early life and education

John Witchel was born in New York City. He attended Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1986. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University in 1990, and a M.S. in Computer Science from University of San Francisco in 2004.

An accomplished competitive swimmer, Mr. Witchel was a member of the U.S. National Swimming Team from 1985 through 1990, competing for the United States in the Goodwill Games (1986), Pan American Games (1987), and the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships (1989)[2]. He won the Pac-10 Swimming Championships 200 Freestyle three times as an individual.[3] He was a member of the Stanford University 1987 NCAA Swimming Championship team and won the 500 Freestyle in 1988 at the NCAA Division I Championships.[3]


XCom Corp

Mr. Witchel founded XCom Corp in September 1994 as an early web development shop in San Francisco, California. XCom was acquired by USWeb in 1996 prior to going public in 1997.[4]

Prosper Marketplace

Mr. Witchel co-founded Prosper Marketplace in 2004 with Chris Larsen. He was the Chief Technology Officer and lead architect of the system. Prosper was the first peer-to-peer lending marketplace which allowed individuals to lend and borrow money directly from each other using a Dutch auction-like system. Mr. Witchel left the company prior to the 2008 SEC cease and desist order against Prosper.

Common Assets

In 2014, Mr. Witchel co-founded Common Assets as the Chief Technology Officer which was acquired by SolarCity[5]. Common Assets was the underlying infrastructure for SolarCity's Solar Bond program. SolarCity's Solar Bonds were the first such product to be nationally registered. Tesla acquisition of SolarCity, Tesla discharged most of its solar bonds ahead of the maturity date paying back all the principal with interest for the life of the bond.[6]

GitPrime, Inc.

Mr. Witchel helped launch GitPrime, an early software engineering analytics company, acquired by Pluralsight in 2019.[7] Initially as the first investor and Board Member, and then as President, Mr. Witchel was responsible for strategy and product design.

Board Work

Mr. Witchel was a board member and early investor in Shopatron from 2010-2015 (acquired by Vista Equity Partners) and UserTesting from 2012-2019. He is currently a board member of Wunder Capital, a Boulder, Colorado based commercial solar financier, and La Plata Electric Association[8], a member owned, not-for-profit, electric distribution cooperative in Southwest Colorado. He was previously an advisor to Credit Karma[9] and CrowdStreet[10].

Personal life

Mr. Witchel married his wife Jessica Wheeler in 1997. They live together with their dog in Durango, CO. He has two daughters in college. His eldest Violet is studying Economics at Vassar College and is a TikTok food influencer @violet.cooks. His youngest Georgia is a computer science major and psychology minor at Harvey Mudd.


  1. Brantley, Duncan (July 14, 1986). "A ROUNDUP OF THE WEEK JUNE 30-JULY 6". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  2. "1989 Pan Pacific Championships Roster" (PDF). USA Swimming. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Niall, Adler. "Stanford Swimming Media Guide" (PDF). GoStanford. Stanford Athletics Media Relations. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  4. "Amended S-4/A Registration". US Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  5. Katje, Chris. "SolarCity's Acquisition Of Common Assets Is A Game Changer". Seeking Alpha. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  6. Konrad, Tom. "How do SolarCity's new bonds stack up against other green investments?". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  7. Kumparak, Greg. "Pluralsight will acquire GitPrime for $170M". Techcrunch. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  8. Armijo, Patrick. "Former GitPrime executive will join electric co-op's board". Durango Herald.
  9. "Credit Karma Alumni". Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  10. Hobey, Erin. "CrowdStreet's Big Curb Appeal". Crowdfund Insider. Retrieved 5 January 2021.

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