Venu Shamapant is a co-founder of LiveOak Venture Partners. Venu focuses on investments across a wide variety of sectors including mobile, software, and tech-enabled services and systems. His current investments include Veros Systems and NSS Labs.
Prior to LiveOak, Venu was a general partner at Austin Ventures where he invested in companies producing more than $1 billion in exit values to date. He was an early investor in and sat on the board of directors of LifeSize Communications (acquired by Logitech), Spatial Wireless (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent), Navini Networks (acquired by Cisco Systems), Mavenir Systems (NYSE:MVNR) and Sipera Systems (acquired by Avaya Communications). Prior to joining Austin Ventures, he was with McKinsey & Co. serving clients in the enterprise systems and software markets. He started his professional career as a software developer and engineering lead at Mentor Graphics.