Deepak Kamra has been a venture capitalist with Canaan Partners for over 20 years. After an 11-year career growing technology startups into successful global leaders, Deepak joined Canaan Partners in 1991 and is focused on investments in digital media and software. Deepak led Canaan’s early investment in DoubleClick, the Internet’s first and leading online advertising solution; Match.com, the most popular dating site worldwide; voice-over-IP infrastructure company Acme Packet (APKT), which became one of the top-ten performing IPOs of 2006, and SuccessFactors (SFSF), one of the most successful enterprise software IPOs in 2007 (acq. by SAP, December 2011, for $3.4B).
Deepak led Canaan’s investments in, and currently sits on the boards of, technology-driven global companies such as ON24, the global leader of webcasting and video communications solutions and Zoosk, the largest social dating network in the world. He also directed Canaan’s investments in AllBusiness.com (Acquired by NBCi), Matrimony.com, Concord Communications (IPO 1998), Impulse! Buy Network (acquired by Inktomi/Yahoo!), iPrint.com (IPO 2001), Latitude Communications(IPO 1998), PriorityCall Management (acquired by LHS), Recourse Technologies (acquired by Symantec), and SalesLogix (IPO 1999). Recognizing early the global nature of venture capital, Deepak initiated Canaan’s investments in the India market starting in 2001 and established a local team in India in 2006.
Before joining Canaan, Deepak was a key member of the startup team at Aspect Communications, helping lead the pioneer in call center technologies to a successful IPO in 1990. He has also held leadership roles at telecommunications companies like ROLM Corp. and TRW Datacomm International.
Deepak received a BA from Carleton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was included on the Forbes Midas List in 2008 and 2009, a prominent list ranking the best dealmakers in technology. He currently serves on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association. In his spare time, he is involved in several microfinance initiatives to spur economic growth in developing nations and has served as Chairman of the Investment Committee at Deutsche Bank’s Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium.
Acme Packet (APKT)
Aztecsoft, Ltd (AZTG)(Acq. by Mindtree)
AllBusiness (Acq. by NBCi)
Concord Communications (CCRD)(Acq. by CA, Inc.)
DoubleClick (DCLK) (Acq. by Google)
Hello Direct (HELO) (Acq. by GN Netcom)
Impulse! Buy Network (Acq. by Inktomi/Yahoo)
iPrint (IPRT) (Acq. by MadeToOrder.com)
Latitude Communications (LATD) (Acq. by Cisco)
Match.com (Acq. by InterActiveCorp)
Plixi (Acq. by Lockerz)
Priority Call Management (Acq. by LHS)
Recourse Technologies(Acq. by Symantec)
SalesLogix (SLGX) (Acq. by The Sage Group)
SuccessFactors (SFSF) (Acq. by SAP)
Zmanda (Acq. by Carbonite)
Big Data Cloud Today!
Mountain View, CA
June 07, 2013
Panelist: Deepak Kamra