Karan Mahendru

Principal
Trinity Ventures
Karan joined Trinity Ventures in 2010 with more than ten years of operating and investing experience in enterprise software and systems, SaaS, semiconductors, consumer electronics and next generation datacenter infrastructure technologies. At Trinity, Karan is focused on enterprise software and SaaS, cloud computing and enterprise infrastructure. Karan is a board member of Act-On Software and is actively involved with portfolio companies ShopIgniter, ScaleArc, Taulia and Gridiron Systems. 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.

Education
M.Sc., Management Science, Stanford University
B.S. with Honors, Electrical Engineering, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada

About Trinity Ventures
Founded in 1986, Trinity Ventures, a boutique firm, partners with passionate entrepreneurs to transform revolutionary ideas into reality. With over $1 billion under management, Trinity Ventures was founded on the principle of personal engagement and mutual respect with the entrepreneurs they fund. Trinity Ventures focuses on early stage technology ventures with a particular emphasis on digital media, cloud computing, internet services, mobility, security and software markets.
  
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