Pardeep Kohli: Founder & CEO
I was a first-time entrepreneur and Venu, Krishna and Ben helped us in every aspect of company development – people issues, board management, business development, customer negotiations and the exit process. Venu played the leadership role among the investor group, Ben was a terrific mentor and Krishna was a great help on many of the company building challenges. The three of them were a powerful team that made Spatial a huge success during some really difficult macroeconomic times.
After spending a couple of successful years growing the Spatial business within Alcatel, I was ready for my next startup. I ended up as CEO of Mavenir Systems – a company that had been originally seed funded by Venu, Krishna and Ben. Mavenir Systems had an IPO in 2013 and was acquired by Mitel in 2015. It was a great experience working with them again to build a second company – I would not have wanted it any other way. As partners for over 10 years I would characterize their style as involved and tough, but always fair.
I recently came back to the LiveOak team for an investment in Ranzure Networks. This will the third time working together with Venu and the LiveOak team.