Primary Role
Founder & Chief Firestarter @ K9 Ventures
Investments
5 Investments in 3 Companies
Website:
http://www.k9ventures.com

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.

Advisory Roles (8)

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Education (4)

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Investments (5)

  • Baydin
    Baydin develops Boomerang, a plugin for Gmail, Outlook, and YMail to manage and make email more fulfilling for their clients.
    Apr 5, 2011 - Invested in $375k Seed Round with 6 others
  • CrowdFlower
    CrowdFlower is a data enrichment platform that allows data scientists to collect, clean and label data at scale.
    Jan 20, 2010 - Invested in $5M Series A with 10 others
  • Twilio
    Twilio is a cloud communication company that enables users to use standard web languages to build voice, VoIP and SMS apps via a web API.
    Dec 30, 2009 - Invested in $3.7M Series A with 7 others
  • CrowdFlower
    CrowdFlower is a data enrichment platform that allows data scientists to collect, clean and label data at scale.
    Mar 1, 2009 - Invested in $1.2M Seed Round with 11 others
  • Twilio
    Twilio is a cloud communication company that enables users to use standard web languages to build voice, VoIP and SMS apps via a web API.
    Jan 1, 2009 - Invested in $1M Seed Round with 8 others