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Trinity Partners Up

Trinity Ventures has promoted Ajay Chopra to general partner. He joined the firm in 2006 as a venture partner, and has worked on such deals as 21Vianet, Guard ID Systems, Mobile Messenger and Skyfire.


Trinity Ventures today announced that Ajay Chopra has been appointed general partner of the venture capital firm. Chopra joined Trinity Ventures as a venture partner in 2006 after 20 years of operating experience at senior management and board level with start-ups, as well as public and private companies.

“Ajay has walked in the entrepreneur's shoes, and brings invaluable strategic and operating experience to each investment opportunity,” said Larry Orr, a general partner at Trinity Ventures. “He has been instrumental in successfully guiding our investment strategy in mobile applications, digital media and online advertising companies and is also leading Trinity's investment efforts in international markets. We are delighted to appoint Ajay a general partner and look forward to his continued contributions in these markets.”

Chopra's investments at Trinity Ventures include 21Vianet, Guard ID Systems, Mobile Messenger and Skyfire. He is active in the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial community outside of his investments. Chopra is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs and a convener for TiECon 2008, the world's largest entrepreneurial conference being held later this week in Santa Clara, California.

Prior to joining Trinity Ventures, Chopra co-founded Pinnacle Systems, a seminal media technology company that pioneered consumer generated media creation. During his tenure at Pinnacle, the company grew from a start-up to a global $350 million revenue public company, winning several Emmy awards and completing more than a dozen M&A transactions before being acquired by Avid Technology. Prior to Pinnacle, Chopra held technical and management positions at Mindset Corp., a computer graphics start-up; Atari Corp., a video game company; and Unisys Corp., an IT services company.

About Trinity Ventures
Trinity Ventures, a 22 year veteran in the venture business with more than $1 billion under management, partners with exceptional entrepreneurs to build great companies. Trinity Ventures focuses on early-stage technology investment opportunities with a particular emphasis on the Digital Media, Internet Services, Mobility, Security and Software markets. Trinity has invested in well over 100 ventures, including such leading companies as Aruba Networks (NASDAQ: ARUN), Blue Nile (NASDAQ: NILE), Crescendo Communications (acquired by Cisco: CSCO), Extreme Networks (NASDAQ: EXTR), Forte Software (acquired by Sun Microsystems: SUNW), Illustra (acquired by Informix, now part of International Business Machines: IBM), LoopNet (NASDAQ: LOOP), PhotoBucket (acquired by News Corporation: NWS), Speedera Networks (acquired by Akamai Technologies: AKAM), Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX), and Sygate Technologies (acquired by Symantec: SYMC).