Early-Stage Approach

Austin Ventures provides emerging and expansion-stage technology companies with a long-term investment approach, a proven ability to build value in the early stages, and access to an unparalleled network of executives, capital sources, and technology professionals. Although we invest at all phases of a company’s life, much of our investment activity occurs at the early stages, and certainly no investment opportunity is "too early" for our consideration. AV also funds larger, more established ventures, providing growth capital to expand operations, enter new markets, or finance acquisitions.  In making both types of investments, we aim to partner with proven entrepreneurs who have deep domain experience.

Why AV?

  • Dedicated and experienced Partners who offer hands-on support with a patient, long-term view
  • Proprietary relationships and network with world-class entrepreneurs in Texas and the U.S.

  • Track record of success in growing companies through M&A or IPO

  • Significant firm resources, including both a devoted Recruiting Partner with a 24-year record of placing
    top talent in the Texas market, and an experienced research team to assist with portfolio company needs

Early-Stage Investment Profile

  Start-Ups Venture Growth
Target Geograpy Primarily Texas Primarily Texas
Company Stage Initial Seed; Early Stage Growth; Expansion Stage
Sector Focus Enterprise IT
Internet / Digital Media
Internet / Digital Media
Business Services
Target Initial Investment $500K-$10MM $1MM-$40MM
Total Investment $10MM-$20MM $40MM-$80MM

Selected Investments

Bazaarvoice

NASDAQ: BV

Bazaarvoice is one of the world's largest shopper networks connecting people, products, brands and retailers at each stage of the buying journey. For more than 2,000 clients globally, Bazaarvoice helps channel authentic, consumer-generated branded content into all the places that influence purchase decisions, giving our clients business insights so they can offer consumers more of what they want. Many of the world's largest retailers rely upon Bazaarvoice to drive more traffic to and conversion on their ecommerce sites, and the Bazaarvoice network helps brands participate directly in the retail channel to influence consumers at the point of purchase. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Bazaarvoice has offices in Amsterdam, London, Munich, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Stockholm and Sydney.

AV Investment Professionals

Convio

NASDAQ IPO 2010; Acq by Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB)

Convio is a provider of software and services to help nonprofits use the Internet strategically to build strong relationships with constituents for driving fundraising, advocacy and other forms of support. Convio has online solutions for fundraising and membership, advocacy, special events, volunteer fundraising, Web site management and email communications.

AV Investment Professionals
Entrepreneurs

Credant Technologies

Acquired by Dell (NASDAQ: DELL)

CREDANT Mobile Guardian solutions protect endpoint data wherever it resides, helping to ensure endpoint data security and demonstrate compliance while avoiding the costs and complexities of full disk solutions. Chosen in 2007 and 2008 as the fastest growing, privately-held security company in the Inc 500 survey, CREDANT Technologies enables customers to leverage the business productivity benefits of highly mobile endpoint computing without the risks or operational constraints imposed by other technologies.

AV Investment Professionals
Entrepreneurs

HomeAway

NASDAQ: AWAY

Vacation rental travel services

AV Investment Professionals

LifeSize Communications

Acquired by Logitech (NASDAQ: LOGI)

LifeSize is the first company to develop and deliver high definition video communications products. Founded by industry veterans and Headquartered in Austin,Texas, LifeSize's award winning solutions combine superior quality of experience, unique flexibility and unmatched price performance to make video communications a productive, true-to-life experience. LifeSize is headquartered in Austin, TX with subsidiaries in Europe and Asia Pacific, and a network of channel partners reaching more than 80 countries.

Entrepreneurs

Lombardi Software

Acquired by IBM (NYSE: IBM)

Lombardi is a leader in business process management (BPM). We offer award-winning BPM technology and services to help our customers, partners and government agencies around the world succeed with their process improvement initiatives. Lombardi is behind some of the largest, most successful BPM implementations in the world. Our customers include AARP, Aflac, Allianz Group, Applied Materials, Aviva Plc., Banco Espirito Santo, Barclays Global Investors, Chiquita Brands, Dell, Financial Services Authority, Ford Motor Company, Hasbro, ING Direct, Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, Mirant, National Bank of Canada, National Institutes of Health, OAD Groep, Pfizer, PHH Arval, SIRVA, Symantec, UCLH, Wells Fargo, Yale University and numerous governmental agencies.

AV Investment Professionals
Entrepreneurs

Pluck

Acquired by Demand Media (NYSE: DMD)

Pluck is developing the next generation of Internet search, information presentation, and personalized content syndication. It provides a Web Information Management Application that integrates multiple web productivity tools to simplify and improve how users consume, control and create web information. Pluck's publishing paradigm uses a hosted web server that allows consolidation of information into a single interface.

AV Investment Professionals
Entrepreneurs

SolarWinds

NYSE: SWI

SolarWinds is a leading provider of Windows-based network management, network monitoring and network discovery software. More than 40,000 customers spanning the military, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and education institutions have chosen SolarWinds to reduce network downtime, manage network compliance and change and improve staff efficiency. SolarWinds has developed and brought to market award-winning solutions that address the needs of network engineers from performance management to fault monitoring to configuration management.

AV Investment Professionals
Entrepreneurs