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Stanford University, PhD 2007
Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University, BS 1995
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University, MS 1997
Software Engineering (Business Concentration)
Stanford University, MS 2005
Computer Science

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Manu Kumar

Manu is an entrepreneur turned investor. He is the founder and Chief Firestarter at K9 Ventures, a technology-focused micro-VC fund based in Palo Alto, California. K9 invests in teams of technical founders Silicon Valley, who are creating new technology or opening new markets, with a direct revenue model.

Manu was the founder of SneakerLabs (acquired by Octane/E.piphany), iMeet (merged with Netspoke, acquired by Premiere Conferencing), CardMunch (acquired by LinkedIn), a founding advisor to Lytro, and is the co-founder of eShares.

He holds a Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Engineering with University Honors and a Masters in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford with a distinction in teaching.

Manu is an investor in CrowdFlower, Twilio, DNAnexus, HighlightCam, CardMunch, Lytro, Zimride, IndexTank (acquired by LinkedIn), BackType (acquired by Twitter), EasyESI, (acquired by PayPal), Baydin, LucidChart, Torbit (acquired by Walmart Labs), Occipital, TapCanvas, 3Gear Systems, eShares, LocoMotive Labs, Coin, MobileSpan and Tangible Play.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Baydin 4/2011Seed$375k7
CrowdFlower 1/2010Series A$5M11
Twilio 12/2009Series A$3.7M8
CrowdFlower 3/2009Seed$1.2M12
Twilio 1/2009Seed$1M9



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