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"Earlier in my career, I remember having a discussion with an entrepreneur and there was this specific moment when we moved from 'this could be' - to 'this will be.' Within 12 months we changed direction, worked together to create a successful product launch and got funding for the entrepreneur."
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“Having those discussions, in which we work together to understand what is it that we need ‘to believe in order to believe’ a start-up would be successful, is personally inspiring and professionally satisfying.  These entrepreneurs pursue their goals with limitless passion, and yet some of them have to have the guts to change their vision when the markets shift and climates change.  I can’t imagine anything else I would rather be doing than helping them achieve their goals.”

Karan Mehandru, General Partner 
karan@trinityventures.com

Karan joined Trinity Ventures in 2010 with ten years of operating experience in product development, sales and marketing and currently focuses on SaaS, cloud computing, enterprise software and systems, next generation datacenter infrastructure technologies and mobile. At Trinity, Karan led the investments in Act-On Software, Jama Software, ScaleArc, RJMetrics, Cloudability, Simply Measured, Preact and Hoopla, and works closely with portfolio companies ShopIgniter and Taulia. Prior to Trinity, Karan was a Senior Associate at Scale Venture Partners and was actively involved with Scale’s investments in NComputing, Siimpel (acquired by Tessera) and Discera.

Before Scale he was a Strategic Sales Account Manager at Synopsys. He was instrumental in closing more than $40 Million in strategic and territorial design wins during 2006 and 2007 and directed the sales effort for Synopsys’ software suite, IP and professional services. He also led marketing, applications and sales efforts for his team’s top accounts and worked closely with the company’s strategic customers and product management teams on the development of new products. Prior to Synopsys, he was an implementation manager in the fabless semiconductor market for PMC-Sierra in Vancouver, Canada. During his five years with PMC-Sierra, he led and managed design implementation of large scale ASICs targeted for the telecommunications, enterprise storage and networking markets. Karan is an active member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Silicon Valley and a Charter Member of C100.

Focus

Software-as-a-Service, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software and Systems

Education
M.Sc., Management Science, Stanford University

B.S. with Honors, Electrical Engineering, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada

Active investments
Act-On Software
Boomerang Commerce

Cloudability
Hoopla Software
Jama Software
Preact
RJMetrics
ScaleArc
Simply Measured
Taulia

Karan on TechCrunch TV: “Dissecting Opportunities in Online Marketing”