Today, we are pleased to announce that Venky Ganesan will be joining the Menlo team as a new Managing Director.
We’re excited about Venky joining us for many reasons. Over his past 15 years of venture experience, he’s established an amazing track record, investing in companies like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Jajah (acquired by Telefonica), Plaxo (acquired by Comcast), Amobee (acquired by Singtel), and oDesk. His versatility spanning seed through growth stages of investing, across both enterprise and consumer sectors, matches extremely well with Menlo’s investment strategy. Finally, as a founder of Trigo Technologies (acquired by IBM), Venky has also been a successful entrepreneur, a valuable perspective he brings to his role as a venture capitalist.
What spoke to us most loudly, however, is the feedback we heard from the entrepreneurs and CEO’s that Venky has worked over the years. Every single one said he was an invaluable partner and advisor, through tough times and good times, and would work with him again in a heartbeat. At Menlo, we consider it a privilege to work with some of the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, and work hard to earn that right every day. It was critical to us that any new member of the team fully embraced our ‘Venture Right’ philosophy. Having known Venky personally for the past six years, I’m confident he’s as passionate about it as we are.
Please join me in congratulating Venky on his move. Welcome aboard, Venky!