Monday, April 14, 2008

Venetia Kontogouris

"Empower the entrepreneur. But how? By mentoring, inspiring, encouraging, supporting them on their dream, and also observing and assessing their weaknesses. How are Indian entrepreneurs different? They want to do everything, as I have seen them over the last about 18 years. But what makes an entrepreneur successful is 'One journey, one dream, one focus, worldwide.'"

Venetia Kontogouris, Managing Director, Trident Capital
April 14, 4 pm

1 comment:

Murali said...

About Venetia...

Venetia Kontogouris joined Trident Capital in 1999 as a Managing Director. Before joining Trident, Venetia was an executive from 1983 to 1995 of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and related entities including IMS Health Incorporated and Cognizant Corporation. She was also President of Enterprise Associates, LLC, the venture capital division of IMS Health Incorporated, where she represented Enterprise Associates in respect of its partnership interest in Information Associates and Information Associates-II (Trident's Fund II and Fund III). Prior to that, Venetia was Senior Vice President, Venture Development, at Cognizant Corporation, where she represented Cognizant in the Information Partners Capital Fund formed by Dun & Bradstreet and Bain Capital. Venetia has held executive positions in new product development and marketing at D&B and sales management positions at AT&T and IBM. She has also launched her own start-up telecommunications company.

Venetia's current directorships include Advantec, DepotPoint, Invention Machine Corporation, MeMedia, Microland, Neilsoft, Outsource Partners International, Odyssey Logistics & Technology, Questra Corporation, Sphere, Teranode Corporation, Vidavee and board observer to Vurv (which acquired People Business Network).

Her past directorships include Avesta Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Visual Networks (VNWK)), Berkeley Enterprise Partners, Inc. (acquired by Extraprise, Inc.), Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTSH), C-7 Group, Inc., CrossMedia Services (acquired by a consortium of major national newspaper groups), Customer Analytics, Inc. (acquired by Exchange Applications),, Inc. (acquired by Internet Capital Group), eData Resources, Inc. (acquired by The Daily Mail), Event Zero, Internet Profiles Corporation (acquired by CMGI), Jostens Learning Corporation, OneSource Information Services, Inc. (ONES), T.R.A.D.E., Inc., Vality Technology, Inc. (acquired by Ascential Software (ASCL)), Viant Corporation (VIAN) (acquired by Divine), and Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates.

Venetia earned her B.A. from Northeastern University and her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
About Trident Capital

Trident Capital is a leading venture capital and private equity firm with over $1.5 billion of capital under management, including $400 million raised in its most recent fund, Trident Capital Fund VI. Trident's core investment focus has remained consistent since inception in 1993.

Trident focuses on investments in the business services, information services and software sectors across a variety of industries. Within its sector focus, Trident invests across multiple stages, including traditional venture capital investing as well as investments in micro-cap public companies, buyouts and consolidation platforms. The firm has made over 120 investments since inception. Trident has investment offices in Palo Alto, Calif. and Westport, Conn. For more information, visit the firm's website at


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