Venky Ganesan is the Managing Director at Menlo Ventures. Venky joined Menlo Ventures in 2013 and focuses on investments in the consumer and enterprise sectors.
Venky currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at Avi Networks, BitSight, Gild, Machine Zone, Rover, Takipi, UpCounsel and Waterline Data Science.
Prior to joining Menlo, Venky was a Managing Director at Globespan Capital Partners where he was part of the investment team since the firm’s inception. At Globespan, Venky led numerous successful investments including Palo Alto Networks (“PANW), Amobee (Acquired by SingTel for $321 Million), Exeros (Acquired by IBM), Jajah (Acquired by Telefonica for $207 Million), Sendia (Acquired by Salesforce.com), Virident (Acquired by Western Digital for $685 Million) and Trigo (Acquired by IBM). In addition, Venky also led investments or served on the boards of the following private companies: Bityota, Kaminario, Marketlive, Nominum, oDesk, Redfin, Rev, SMSGupshup, and Strongmail. Venky was recognized on the 2013, ’14 and ’15 Forbes Midas List.
Prior to Globespan, Venky was one of the founders of Trigo Technologies and played a critical part in building Trigo into the market leader in the product information management space. IBM acquired the company resulting in a substantial return for all investors.
Venky also previously worked at McKinsey & Co., in the firm’s Los Angeles and Johannesberg offices and at Microsoft where he started his career as a Program Manager.
Venky holds a B.A. degree in Economics-Math from Reed College and a B.S. degree in Engineering and Applied Science with honors from the California Institute of Technology.
Venky believes strongly in giving back to the community and is chair-elect of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), is Co-President of The India Community Center and a Trustee of Keys School.
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