Vontu Co-Founder Joseph Ansanelli Joins Greylock as Partner–UPDATED

Longtime software entrepreneur Joseph Ansanelli has joined Greylock Partners as a partner focused on enterprise, security, storage and emerging mobile applications.   Ansanelli tells peHUB that he’s seeing tons of innovation in the mobile app space, including more enterprise-related apps, such as expense management and sales forecasting. The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) phenomenon is about “everything on the desktop and mobile devices moving into the enterprise and affecting IT management,” he says.

Ansanelli joined about a month ago, but the firm announced his addition with a blog post today by Partner Aneel Bhusri David Sze (see below).

Ansanelli has co-founded several companies, including Vontu, where he served as CEO and which Symantec acquired in November 2007 for $350 million. Before that, he co-founded and was CEO of Connectify, which was acquired by Kana and then went public in 1999. Joseph also worked at Apple, which acquired his first company, Trio Development, which he started while a student at the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition, he has invested in several companies, including Lookout Mobile, Smartling, Pipewise and MobileIron.

Greylock is investing from a $1 billion fund, Greylock XIII, which it raised in 2009.

Photo of Joseph Ansanelli courtesy of Greylock Partners.

Updated: Greylock initially said its blog post welcoming Joseph Ansanelli as a partner would be authored by Aneel Bhusri, but changed it to David Sze.


Welcome Joseph Ansanelli

We are very excited to welcome Joseph Ansanelli to Greylock, as a General Partner in our Silicon Valley office. Joseph is joining our enterprise team and will be focused on investing in security, emerging mobile applications, and solutions for the enterprise. 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 thru 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.

Joseph has started three companies that have successfully been acquired.  Most recently, Joseph co-founded and served as CEO of Vontu, which defined a new security category, data loss prevention, and quickly became the market leader. In 2007, after an exciting run as an independent company, Symmantec acquired Vontu for $350 million and Joseph became an executive of Symantec. Prior to Vontu, Joseph co-founded and was CEO of Connectify, an enterprise software marketing platform.  Connectify was acquired by Kana, which subsequently went public in 1999.  His first company, Trio Development, was acquired by Apple, which he co-founded while still in college at Penn.

Since leaving Symantec, Joseph has invested in several early stage enterprise Saas, mobile, and security companies.  He has taken active roles in Lookout, where he serves as Chairman, Pipewise, and Smartling and has been an advisor to Mobile Iron. Joseph has developed a reputation among entrepreneurs as not only an early stage investor but someone who works tirelessly to help entrepreneurs build great teams and companies.  His work counseling entrepreneurs and helping them build companies has demonstrated to us many of the skills we see as crucial to longer term success as a partner at Greylock. 

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 consumerization 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.

Joseph can be reached at jansanelli [at] greylock.com, or followed on Twitter @ansanelli.

Welcome Joseph!  I’m looking forward to seeing your success firsthand.