Startups

A bit about me: I invest in companies and founders I get unreasonably excited by. small on check, big on mission.

I’m a generalist who’s started and scaled startups. Likely doing product, operations, and customer service. Previously, I helped start the delightful email client, Polymail (YC 16), then scaled Opendoor (here). Before that I ran hackathons.

I am particularly focused on future of work, and atoms & bits.

Help: I can help companies I invest in a few different ways: early customers, fundraising, and hiring the great talent. I try to hit one of these metrics’ when I invest:

  1. Availability: the first person you can call when something goes wrong
  2. Hiring: Helping you hire at least one person before your next round
  3. Customers: Rounding up some of your first 10 customers or 100 users.
  4. Fundraising: Introducing you to an investor who ends up leading or investing

Network: I’ve invested alongside the best investors in the world: Andreessen Horowirtz (a16z), Founders Fund, Tribe Capital, Kima Ventures, Craft Ventures, Shrug Capital, Naval Ravikant, Lachy Groom, Elad Gil, and many more.

Global: I’m particularly interested in working with founders who’s companies can be globally relevant but are not US-based. Personally, I regularly spend time in Canada, the UK, the Nordics, India, and soon East Africa. If you’re based here, please don’t hesitate to reach out: me@varadhja.in

Investments AboutOther Investors
StealthData analytics8VC +
StealthAudio a16z +
🏎 UpflowHelps you collect money from outstanding invoices faster 🇫🇷Kima Ventures +
ConfirmHR Improves how you hire
👩🏽‍🏫 PrimerBuilding the future of educationFounders Fund, Naval R, patio11 +
💸 Stealth Personal finance 🇮🇩Craft Ventures +
🔍 CertnGives you global background checks 🇨🇦Tribe Cap, Moxxie, Weekend Fund +
💰StealthWealth management
🚦Flow LabsGives everyone time back by eliminating traffic congestion
♻️ ParagonAutomating your API developmentSoma Capital +
📶 CausalGiving you statistical and visualization superpowers 🇬🇧
SandboxVRFull-body VR experience with friends (via Shrug Capital)a16z, Shrug Capital +
If you’re interested in working at or connecting with any of these companies, please reach out here
Companies
🔍 Certnadvisor to founders
💌 Polymail advisor to founders
📶 Causal product + gtm

References at: angel.co/varadh

  • Varadh has been an incredible help to us in the short time we’ve known each other. A majority of our investors have come from introductions that Varadh made, and his advice + support has really helped us navigate the early stage that we’re at. – Taimur Abdaal (Co-founder, Causal)
  • Varadh is a trusted friend and I love spending time with him. Not only is he smart and ambitious, but he has a great heart and his energy is contagious. I’ve always counted on him for real talk and to constantly push me to improve as a person and leader. If you’re an early founder, I cannot recommend him enough as someone to share your journey with. – Patrick Lu (Co-founder, Playfull)
  • Varadh is one of the brightest, ambitious guys I’ve had the pleasure to work with. His unique product & strategic insight helped shaped many important decisions we made early on at Polymail! – Brandon Foo (Co-founder, Paragon & Polymail)

Becoming an Angel Investor:

  1. Motivation
  2. Capital
  3. Access / Sourcing
  4. Diligence
  5. Securing Allocation
  6. Helping