Karthik Subramanian


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Karthik is a Partner at Evolution Equity Partners. He leads investments in cybersecurity, enterprise software, IoT, cloud and analytics primarily in the United States, and brings over 15 years of investment, entrepreneurial, operational, M&A and investment banking experience to this role. Karthik is a member of the firm’s investment committee. Prior to joining Evolution, Karthik led Cisco’s cybersecurity acquisition and investment team. During his time at Cisco, Karthik helped bring together Cisco’s extensive cybersecurity portfolio through numerous strategic acquisitions. He led several marquee transactions, including the acquisition of Duo Security, OpenDNS, Lancope and Cloudlock with a cumulative transaction value of over $3.75B. Under Karthik’s leadership, Cisco also invested in 11 cybersecurity investments over 4 years and his past board observer positions include OpenDNS, Elastica, Skyport Systems, Exabeam, and Threat Quotient. Prior to Cisco, Karthik held several roles in different organizations, including CEO & Co-founder of a social analytics startup, Vice-President of Investment Banking at Barclays (previously Lehman Brothers) and technology consultant at Manhattan Associates. At Barclays, he advised companies on software M&A and financing with a cumulative transaction value of over $5B and led’s successful IPO on NASDAQ. Karthik holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, an M.S. from Georgia Tech, and a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.