Founder & General Partner
Shukla has an impressive track record as a seed stage investor first as the Founding Chair of TiE Angels and, since 2014, as the Founder and General Partner of Monta Vista Capital. Prior to his career as a seed stage investor, Venk had a proven track record of leading companies through rapid growth in his roles in sales, marketing and general management. He has worked with over 50 startups as an executive, investor, or a board member.
As president of TiE, he presided over one of the most powerful networks focused on technology startups in Silicon Valley. He continues to be an active volunteer at TiE, frequently organizing CXO Forums that connect high potential entrepreneurs with their biggest potential customers. He is passionate about influencing public policy in India to create a stronger ecosystem for Indian startups through his writings and as a nominated member of the Government of India's Startup Advisory Council chaired by the Commerce Minister of India. He is also passionate about transforming the lives of bright but poor students in India through his 26 years long association with Foundation for Excellence first as the Founding President for 18 years and now as a member of the Board.
Venk holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and BSEE from NIT Bhopal in India.
Areas of expertise:
- Building a company from scratch : Strategy, Product Market fit, Culture
- Growing the company: Go to Market, Product / Company Launch, Opening doors
- Fund raising