We are an Austin-based venture capital firm that invests early in exceptional Texas-based founders.

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All-in on Texas for 25 Years

After over a decade of successful early stage investing in Texas, in 2012, Krishna Srinivasan and Venu Shamapant founded LiveOak based on a conviction that Texas had all the DNA for a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. They believed that a venture capital firm that was maniacally focused on Texas entrepreneurs could be the key catalyst to harness the full potential of this market and build category dominating companies of the future.

Today Texas is indeed a vibrant center for entrepreneurship, enabled by the combination of a strong and growing talent pool and an active early-stage investment ecosystem. LiveOak has continued to lead the way with over 60 investments just in the past decade and helped create numerous winners across many categories.

This success has convinced us to double down on our Texas entrepreneur-focused strategy and to establish the strong foundations that help develop the leaders of the future.

We are all-in on Texas, its founders and the entrepreneurial community that enables their success.

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Where We Invest

Preferred Role:



Seed, Series A, and Opportunistically Pre-Seed & Growth


Tech and Tech-Enabled Services

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Founder/CEO Based in Texas

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Why We Win

A Proven Model for Creating Category Leaders



We assist in all aspects of company-building to help develop leaders and category-dominating companies of the future.



As team players and highly engaged strategic advisors, we promise to hustle just as hard as you do.


& Empathetic

We know firsthand how challenging the entrepreneurial journey can be. That’s why we collaborate with empathy and transparency every step of the way.


& Connected

We bring our full team, combined experiences, and deep networks to the table to help our founders build long-term success.

A History of Excellence

December 2012

Founded LiveOak

November 2013

Mavenir Systems IPO

March 2014

LiveOak Fund I Final Close

March 2015

Mavenir Systems Acquired by Mitel

December 2015

StackEngine Acquired by Oracle

May 2018

Mike Marcantonio Joins

September 2018

Opcity Acquired by News Corp

October 2018

Digital Pharmacist Acquired by K1 Investments

March 2019

LiveOak Fund II Final Close

December 2019

Launched LiveOak Gives

June 2019

Capsenta acquired by data.world

September 2019

David Stewart Joins

March 2020

NarrativeDx Acquired by Press Ganey

June 2020

Creighton Hicks Joins

October 2020

Eventador Acquired by Cloudera

November 2020

Razberi Technologies Acquired by ACRE

July 2021


August 2021

Telestax Acquired by Mavenir

September 2021

Intrigue Acquired by Mandiant

September 2021

Hive9 Acquired by BrandMaker

October 2021

Julianna Giraldo Joins

November 2021

LiveOak Fund III Close $210M

January 2022

Iris Acquired by Aledade

January 2022

Infocyte Inc Acquired by Datto

March 2022

Mike Marcantonio & Creighton Hicks Promoted to Partner

August 2022

Winner of Inaugural A-List Investor of the Year Award

September 2022

Paola Retes Joins

October 2022

Winner of Austin Gives Charitable Champion Award

October 2022

Recognized as Inc. Magazine’s 2022 Founder-Friendly Investor

October 2022

Launched LiveOak Launch

November 2022

Passage Acquired by 1Password

September 2023

LiveOak Select Fund I closes

January 2024

LiveOak Gives donated $1M+

We live here. We invest here. We give here.

We are strong believers in giving back to our community and supporting reputable non-profit organizations that are affecting positive change in Texas.

About LiveOak Gives

LiveOak Gives recipients in 2023