Aruna Viswanathan is an entrepreneur, investor, and business owner who combines strategic thinking and technical depth in envisioning possibilities for companies and organizations. She has worked in various roles including as an engineer, technology/private equity executive and real estate owner/investor. Aruna is recognized as a proven operational and financial leader, bringing deep expertise in the growth or startups and small businesses.
As Chief Underwriting Officer and Co-Founder for Clearspring Capital Group, Aruna was involved with the operations, deployment, and management of Aegis Texas Venture Fund I and II since 2006. Clearspring provided early stage growth financing across a broad range of businesses, including telecom, datacenters, imaging, retail, creative services, software, electronics, oil and gas services, and project financing. Notable exits from the firm included BorderComm (acquired by XC Networks), Softlayer (acquired by IBM), and Sweet Leaf Tea (acquired by Nestle).
As the former Vice-President and Director of Operations for the Houston Technology Center (HTC), Aruna she helped direct the operational growth of the organization from under 30 to over 65 Houston area startups and launched the Gulf Coast Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization. Appointed by Governor Rick Perry, Aruna served a four year term as one of 17 members of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund Committee, eventually presiding as Vice-Chair, which was responsible for awarding $200 million to foster the commercialization of emerging technology within the State of Texas.
As founder and CEO of DSA, LLC, established in 2009, Aruna has developed a portfolio of five commercial real estate properties. She has designed and operationalized a real estate management company (DSA Commercial, LLC) that provides full cycle accounting services, manages new tenant buildouts, and provides day to day operational support to manage the daily needs of tenants.
Aruna began her career as an Associate Engineer for Advanced Micro Devices in the Wafer Fab Quality Control area. After leaving AMD, Aruna joined Motorola’s Wireless Signal Processing Division, specializing in production and testing of digital signal processors and flash memory devices.
Aruna is currently a board member and past-President of TiE-Houston; part of a global entrepreneurship organization spanning 17 countries. She is also a member of numerous area organizations, including the Rice Alliance and the Technology Executives Club of Houston.
Ms. Viswanathan graduated with a BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She also received an MBA in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from Rice University.