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Primary Role
Founder & Chief Firestarter @
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40 Investments in 26 Companies
Gender:
Male
Location:
Palo Alto
Website:
/person/manu-kumar
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Person Details

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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, card.io (acquired by PayPal), Baydin, LucidChart, Torbit (acquired by Walmart Labs), Occipital, TapCanvas, 3Gear Systems, eShares, LocoMotive Labs, Coin, MobileSpan and Tangible Play.

Jobs (8)

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Current

Founder & Chief Firestarter

Apr, 2008 - Current   (over 8 years)

Founding Advisor & Investor

Sep, 2005 - Current   (about 11 years)
Past
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Title
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Unknown
Unknown
Founding Advisor
2012
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Founder & Investor & Board Member
Dec 1, 2009
2010
Founder, Investor, Chairman
2001
2002
Founder & CEO
Mar, 2000
May, 2000
VP, Online Services
Dec, 1996
Mar, 2000
Founder, President & CEO
DateInvested InRoundDetails
Aug, 2016$15M / Series B
Apr, 2016$2.5M / Seed
Jan, 2016$8.1M / Series A
Nov, 2015undisclosed amount / Venture
Jun, 2015$6.88M / Series A
Feb, 2015$4M / Series A
Jan, 2015$7M / Series A
Oct, 2014$12M / Series A
Sep, 2014$2.4M / Seed
May, 2014$15.5M / Series A
May, 2014undisclosed amount / Seed
Apr, 2014$1.9M / Venture
Nov, 2013$40M / Series B
Oct, 2013$2.5M / Seed (Lead)
Sep, 2013$565k / Seed (Lead)
Aug, 2013$1.8M / Seed
Jan, 2013$15M / Series B
Jan, 2013$2.3M / Venture (Lead)
Jan, 2013$850k / Venture
Mar, 2012$350k / Seed
Dec, 2011$200k / Seed (Lead)
Oct, 2011$15M / Series B
Sep, 2011$6M / Series A
Sep, 2011$584.99k / Seed (Lead)
Aug, 2011$7M / Series A
Jul, 2011$1M / Seed
Apr, 2011$1.6M / Seed
Apr, 2011$375k / Seed
Mar, 2011$9.3M / Series B
Mar, 2011$1M / Seed
Feb, 2011$1M / Seed
Nov, 2010$12M / Series B
Aug, 2010$1.2M / Seed (Lead)
Jan, 2010$5M / Series A
Dec, 2009$3.7M / Series A
Dec, 2009undisclosed amount / Seed
Aug, 2009$1.55M / Series A
Jun, 2009undisclosed amount / Seed
Mar, 2009$1.2M / Seed
Jan, 2009$1M / Seed

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