Larry Augustin is a part-time Venture Partner at Azure Capital Partners where he specializes in software, systems, and related IT infrastructure technologies. He is currently serving on the boards of Azure portfolio companies Fonality and Medsphere.
Larry is also CEO of SugarCRM and currently serves on the boards of directors of VA Software Corporation (as Chairman), the Open Source Development Lab, Linux International, and the Free Standards Group. Previously he was conference chairman for LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, and serves on the conference advisory board.
Prior to Azure, Larry founded VA Linux (now VA Software), where he served as CEO and led VA Linux to a position of industry leadership. Worth Magazine named him one of the Top 50 CEOs in 2000. At VA Linux, he created SourceForge.net, the world's largest Open Source software development community with over half a million users, and its commercial version, SourceForge Enterprise Edition, used to manage software development in large enterprises. Also at VA, he acquired Andover.net, merging SourceForge.net, Linux.com, Slashdot, and other well-known Open Source Internet sites to form the Open Source Development Network (OSDN). Previously, Larry held research staff positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories in the Network Architecture and Performance Center and at Stanford University in the Program Analysis and Verification Group.
Larry holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He has appeared as a regular columnist in Linux Magazine, is the author of numerous articles, and is the author of "Hardware Design and Simulation in VAL/VHDL," published by Kluwer Academic Publishers.