Aruna Viswanathan: Chief Underwriting Officer

Aruna Viswanathan

Aruna Viswanathan is the Chief Underwriting Officer and Co-Founder for Clearspring Capital Group, a private equity fund that provides growth capital to Texas based lower middle market companies. She is also the founder of DSA Commercial, a real estate services company that operates several commercial real estate properties.

Previously, Ms. Viswanathan was the former Vice-President and Director of Operations for the Houston Technology Center (HTC). While at the HTC 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.

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 on the advisory boards of the Houston Technology Center, UH Cullen College of Engineering, Testmasters, and Ingenious, Inc. Aruna is currently a board member and President Elect for the 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.

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