Lou Volpe has over 25 years of technology industry experience. As an operating executive, his career includes many successful IPOs and acquisitions, such as the multi-billion dollar purchases of ArrowPoint Communications and GeoTel Communications by Cisco Systems. At Kodiak, one of his portfolio companies had a successful acquisition when IMLogic was acquired by Symantec in January 2006.
In his key role as Kodiak’s managing general partner, Lou sets the strategy and growth initiatives for the firm. He focuses on investments across the spectrum of the firm’s technology sectors, concentrating on software and services. He is a member of the boards of directors for Kodiak portfolio companies including airwide solutions, Azimuth Systems, Bentley Kinetics, Egenera, GTESS, HighRoads, sentitO Networks and SpaceClaim.
Lou joined Kodiak from ArrowPoint Communications, where he was president, chief operating officer, and a member of the board with responsibility for all of the company’s functional organizations and for managing worldwide operations. Under his leadership, ArrowPoint had a successful IPO in March 2000, and subsequently was acquired by Cisco for $5.5 billion in June of that year.
Before ArrowPoint, Lou was senior vice president of worldwide sales & marketing and a member of the board of GeoTel Communications. He joined the company early in its developmental stage, was a major contributor in building its worldwide sales and marketing presence, and was instrumental in guiding the company in its IPO and eventual $2 billion acquisition by Cisco in June 1999.
In previous positions, Lou served as senior vice president of marketing and operations for Parametric Technology Corporation, and also was an executive at Prime Computer. He also has been an active investor and board member for a number of companies including Atria (acquired by Pure) and Softdesk (acquired by Autodesk).
Lou holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Boston University.
Kodiak Venture Partners is an investor in Newforma.