Primary Role
General Partner at August Capital
Iowa State University

Person Details


Vivek brings twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur, business manager, and R&D leader in a number of network computing and systems companies.

He has also been an active investor and advisor to startups in the areas of infrastructure software, networking, security, storage, and wireless.

Prior to joining August Capital, Vivek co-founded Cobalt Networks in 1996. As CTO & VP of Product Development, Vivek developed the first successful server appliance and grew Cobalt into a worldwide leader in the category, culminating in a successful IPO and acquisition by Sun Microsystems for $2B. At Sun, Vivek served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Cobalt Business Unit and a member of Sun's Technical Architecture Counsel.

Prior to founding Cobalt, Vivek held a number of technical and management positions at Apple, SGI, and Digital Equipment Corporation and successfully developed numerous products including Internet enabled set-top boxes, PDAs, RISC workstations, and high performance graphics subsystems.

Vivek received a BS in Electronics from Punjab University, India, and an MS in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. He is the holder of one US patent.

Vivek serves on the Board of Directors of Encentuate, NeoPath Networks, PulseCore, and Reconnex, and previously sat on the board of Iridigm (acquired by Qualcomm-QCOM).

Prior to joining August Capital, Vivek served on the board of Net6 (acquired by Citrix-CTXS), was an advisor to Perfigo (acquired by Cisco-CSCO), and an early investor in NetFish (acquired by Iona-IONA) and Octane Software (acquired by Epiphany-EPNY).

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