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Greylock names Vontu founder Joseph Ansanelli as general partner

26 Jul 2012

Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Greylock Partners has hired Vontu co-founder Joseph Ansanelli as a general partner.

Ansanelli will join the firm’s enterprise team and focus on investing in security, emerging mobile applications, and solutions for the enterprise.

Greylock partner David Sze wrote on the firm’s website, “As his Linkedin bio succinctly says, Joseph is an entrepreneur.

“It best describes why we found ourselves wanting to work with Joseph – he’s founded multiple successful companies, he’s advised and seeded multiple successful companies, and proven his skill at advising young start-ups through growth phases to successful operating entities.

“More importantly to us, Joseph is a great match for our culture – high integrity, intelligent, practical, and a company builder.”

Ansanelli most recently co-founded and served as CEO of data loss prevention startup Vontu, which was bought by Symantec in 2007 for $350m.

Prior to Vontu, he co-founded and was CEO of Connectify, an enterprise software marketing platform. Connectify was acquired by Kana, which subsequently went public in 1999.

He co-founded his first company, Trio Development, while still in college at Penn. The business was later acquired by Apple.

Since leaving Symantec, Joseph has invested in several early stage enterprise SaaS, mobile, and security companies. He has also taken active roles in Lookout, where he serves as chairman, Pipewise, and Smartling, and has been an advisor to Mobile Iron.

Bhusri added, “Joseph is joining Greylock at an exciting time in the enterprise software market and an exciting time in our portfolio.

“Forces as diverse as the cloud, flash storage, big data/no SQL, mobile, and the consumerisation of IT have created a landscape ripe for disruption.

“We already see this within our enterprise portfolio at Greylock: Imperva (IMPV) went public in 2011, Service-Now (NOW) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) have both recently completed IPOs.

“And we have an amazing portfolio of enterprise companies driving innovation such as Workday driving innovation for enterprise applications in the cloud, Pure Storage disrupting the storage market, and Cloudera for big data and hadoop.”

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