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Venu Shamapant

Live Oak Ventures
Austin, Texas
Venu Shamapant is a co-founder of LiveOak Venture Partners. Venu focuses on investments across a wide variety of sectors including Mobile, Software, 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 $1B 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.

Venu received his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business, MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Osmania University, India.

Venu is a founding Board Member of Austin Speech Labs (www.austinspeechlabs.org), a non-profit focused on providing affordable speech and cognitive therapy for stroke survivors.