** On September 4, 2017,  Hooks K. Johnston, III passed away.  Hooks was a giant in the innovation world, a great leader in the investment community, and a friend to so many entrepreneurs and the start-up community.  He was the first person we turned to as we began to build out Smart City Works.  


As the CEO of a venture-backed company, the President of a public software company, manager of four venture capital funds totaling $650 million, and Director on 20 corporate boards, Hooks raised, invested in and helped build and manage funds and companies that spanned the spectrum in technology and improving people's lives.


He was instrumental in getting us to the launchpad and forging key relationships to enable our journey in re-inventing business acceleration and, moreover, the way cities improve the lives of communities through infrastructure innovation.


We are grateful for his friendship, the opportunity to work together, and the wisdom, humor, and generosity he shared with us during our journey together.

HOOKS JOHNSTON


Managing Dir., Innova Investments