Prior to co-founding LiveOak, Venu joined Austin Ventures in 1999 and was a General Partner there since 2005. At Austin Ventures, he worked with companies focused on Enterprise Solutions (LifeSize Communications - NASDAQ: LOGI, Sipera Systems), Wireless (Spatial Wireless - NASDAQ: ALU, Navini Networks - NASDAQ: CSCO, Mavenir Systems, Black Sand Technologies), and Technology enabled services (Verisilicon Holdings). 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 one of the founding members and previously served on the board of Directors of TiE-Austin. He is also a founding board member of Austin Speech Labs - a non-profit focused on providing affordable speech and cognitive therapy for stroke survivors.