Kala Marathi

Lecturer - Managing Director, Cougar Venture Fund

Kala Marathi


Kala Marathi is the Executive Director of Innovation at the University of Houston's C. T. Bauer College of Business and the Managing Director of the Cougar Venture Fund. Kala also served as Managing Director of the Houston Angel Network for 9 years. During this time, she has facilitated over $30M in investments in 85 early stage technology deals. She also helped create the Texas HALO Fund, the largest angel-focused sidecar fund in Texas.

Kala has more than 15 years of operating and financial experience. Kala was formerly with Reliant Energy where she was a founding member of the corporate venture group, Reliant Energy Net Ventures. At Reliant, she led several smart grid pilots and technology initiatives, and launched a subsidiary called Texas Star Energy. She also has extensive experience in strategy and corporate finance with such firms as the Continental Airlines and Chase.

Kala is a Director in the Texas Lyceum. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Texchange and the National Association of Women MBAs (Houston Chapter), as well as on the Advisory Board of the National Angel Education Foundation. Kala has B.A. in Japanese and Economics from Wellesley College, and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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