Embarking on an exciting journey into the next decade, LiveOak’s founding partners proudly celebrate their 25th year of successful, early-stage investing in Texas. Over a decade ago, they founded LiveOak based on the conviction that Texas had all the DNA for a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem and that a venture capital firm that was maniacally focused on Texas entrepreneurs would be the key catalyst to unlock the market’s full potential. Today, that belief has been validated. In the past decade, LiveOak’s partners have helped create about $5 billion in enterprise value and led/co-led over 60 high-growth investments in Texas-based leaders, such as AmplifAI, DISCO (NYSE: LAW), Eventus, Homeward, OJO Labs, Osano, SchooLinks, Take Command Health, and many more, some starting at inception. The firm was honored at the inaugural Austin A-List Awards in 2022 as the Venture Capital Firm of the Year and received the Austin Gives Charitable Champion award.
Looking forward, in line with our successful and proven investment strategy, which has led to us becoming the leading venture investor in Texas, we are now unveiling a significant rebrand. This brand transformation goes beyond a change in name to LiveOak Ventures or a visual shift; we are embracing a tagline that epitomizes our all-in unwavering commitment towards Texas-based founders and the broader vibrant Texas community that we proudly call home.
#1: All-in on Founders
Our commitment to founders takes center stage. We’re here to support you every step of the way. Beyond just providing capital, we will actively assist you in all aspects of company building. As dedicated team players and strategic advisors, we promise to hustle just as hard as you do. We understand the challenges of your entrepreneurial journey and approach collaboration with empathy and transparency. Leveraging our full team, combined experiences, and deep networks, we will work alongside you to help build enduring businesses.
#2: All-in on Texas
Our roots run deep in the Lone Star State, and our rebrand mirrors our pride in the unique spirit and resilience that define Texas. From the thriving tech ecosystem in Austin, Dallas, and Houston to emerging innovation hubs across the state, we are passionate about fostering local talent and contributing to the growth of our dynamic community.
#3: All-in on Community
At LiveOak, community is more than just a buzzword; it’s ingrained in our DNA based on the conviction that our efforts ought to be, metaphorically, like a rising tide that raises all boats and not just the handful of entrepreneurs we back. That emphasis has translated to us seeding LiveOak Launch (an initiative to support women leaders in the community), our participation in countless panel discussions, hosting community networking events, and taking board roles in notable local non-profits. Above all, we are proudest of the LiveOak Gives Program, an annual initiative that leverages the scale of the LiveOak network to support local non-profit organizations that focus on the vulnerable populations in our community—children, the elderly, and families trapped in poverty. We are excited to announce the close of our fifth campaign and have collectively surpassed $1M in grants to 20 organizations.
The Next Decade and Beyond
As we double down on our Texas entrepreneur-focused strategy, we remain steadfast in establishing strong foundations that contribute to the development of future leaders. This exciting new chapter lays the groundwork for industry-shaping investments and to make a positive impact. Our team is energized, our vision is clear, and we are ready to support the bold ideas that will define the next era of innovation.
To our founders, partners, and the entire LiveOak Ventures community, we thank you for over a decade of collaboration, trust, and shared successes. We invite you to join us on this exhilarating journey into the next decade and beyond, where we will continue to be All In on Founders, Texas, and Community.