Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners Looking for Dallas Startups

LiveOak Venture Partners, an early-stage VC firm based in Austin, is looking to get more involved with Dallas startups.

In a story by Danielle Abril of the Dallas Business Journal, LiveOak co-founder Venu Shampant said that last year they did 5 deals, none of which were in Dallas and that he’d like to “fix that.”

Here’s a quick look at how LiveOak looks at investments:

  • We are early stage lead investors
    • Primarily first institutional capital – seed and series A investments
    • Opportunistically lead compelling later stage financings
    • Seek to be the largest and most active investors in our portfolio companies
  • We invest in exceptional entrepreneurial teams, not pre- determined sectors or business models
  • We are active, hands-on investors providing our companies with:
    • Access to our proprietary pool of executive and technical talent
    • Collaboration with partners with a track record of building successful companies resulting in both M&A or IPO
    • Deep network of relationships with top venture investors for follow-on financings

Investment Profile

Sector Technology and technology enabled service
Geography Primarily Texas
Stage Seed or series A
Target Initial Investment $250k to $4MM
Target Total $5 – 7MM

Check out the full story on the DBJ website or visit http://liveoakvp.com for more info on the firm.

  • Bradley is the founder of LAUNCH DFW and an avid proponent/supporter of the DFW Startup Community.

    Bradley is also the founder of Skyrise, a community, communications and concierge platform for commercial office buildings.

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  • Paul O’Brien

    This is why Texas is where it’s all happening. When Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio stop looking within and start realizing the economic potential of the combined region, innovation will come from Texas. The capital, talent, potential corporate support, media reach, and the diverse cultures of these major cities dwarf other economies.

    • bradleyjoyce

      So much good stuff going on!

  • msitarzewski

    I sent this in an email this morning… my view is Dallas > Texas > anywhere else. In this case, the Texas filter applies. Love it all.

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