Venky Ganesan

Venky is a partner at Menlo Ventures focused on investments in both the consumer and enterprise sectors. He currently serves on the board of Aisera, BitSight, Breather, Dedrone, Machine Zone, MealPal, OverOps, Rover, Unravel Data, and Waterline Data Science. Prior to joining Menlo, he was a managing director at Globespan Capital Partners, where he was part of the investment team since the firm’s inception. At Globespan, Venky led numerous successful investments including Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Upwork (UPWK), Redfin (RDFN), Amobee (Acquired by SingTel for $321 Million), Exeros (Acquired by IBM), Jajah (Acquired by Telefonica for $207 Million), Sendia (Acquired by, Virident (Acquired by Western Digital for $685 Million), and Trigo (Acquired by IBM). He has led investments or served on the boards of the following private companies: Rev, and SMSGupshup. Venky was recognized on the 2013, ’14, and ’15 Forbes Midas List.

Prior to Globespan, Venky was one of the founders of Trigo Technologies and played a critical part in building Trigo into the market leader in the product information management space. IBM acquired the company resulting in a substantial return for all investors. Venky also previously worked at McKinsey & Co., in the firm’s Los Angeles and Johannesburg offices and at Microsoft where he started his career as a program manager.

Venky holds a bachelor of arts in mathematics–economics from Reed College and a bachelor of science in engineering and applied science, with honors, from the California Institute of Technology. Venky believes strongly in giving back to the community. He is the former chair of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), was a Trustee of Keys School, and past President of the Indian Community Center in Milpitas.

Current Investments

Machine Zone
Unravel Data
Waterline Data Science

Prior Investments

Avi Networks, acquired by Vmware
Amobee, acquired by SingTel
Exeros, acquired by IBM
Palo Alto Networks (PANW)
Redfin (RDFN)
Sendia, acquired by
Virident, acquired by Western Digital
Upwork (UPWK)


Trigo Technologies, acquired by IBM


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