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. Founder references at the bottom of the page.

I am personally interested in future of work and atoms & bits, but can invest very broadly.

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 metricsโ€™ 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: Iโ€™m also interested in working with founders whoโ€™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 youโ€™re based here, please donโ€™t hesitate to reach out:

Founder SPV = min to no carry SPV to enable founders to collect small checks to keep their cap table clean + not need to manage the ops.

Investments AboutOther Investors Notes
๐Ÿš˜ AirGarageModern parking operatorFloodgate, Founders Fund,
Weekend Fund, +
Seed (2021)
๐Ÿ›ซ TBADeveloper platform for internal toolsBenchmark CapitalSeed (2021)
๐ŸŒ Atlas VisaEfficient VisasSPC, + Pre-seed (2021)
๐Ÿ”“ SecureframeKPCB, Gradient + Series A (2021)
+Founder SPV
๐Ÿฉบ StealthFintech ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณKhosla, Founders Fund, Lachy, + Seed (2021)
+Founder SPV
Unified inbox
๐Ÿš‚ RailwayInstant infrastructureAngelsPre-seed (2020)
๐ŸŽณ TeamflowRemote collaborationMenlo +Seed (2020)
+Founder SPV
๐Ÿ” StealthConsumer cybersecuritya16z+Seed (2020)
๐Ÿช‘ Table.aiData analytics8VC +Seed (2020)
๐Ÿ“ž Clubhousea16z + Series A (2020)
๐ŸŽ UpflowHelps you collect money from outstanding invoices faster ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทKima Ventures + Seed (2020)
โœ… ConfirmHR Improves how you hire
๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿซ PrimerBuilding the future of educationFounders Fund, Naval R, patio11 +Seed (2020)
๐Ÿ’ธ Alka Personal finance ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉCraft Ventures +
๐Ÿ” CertnGives you global background checks ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆTribe Cap, Moxxie, Weekend Fund +Seed (2020)
Now: Series B
๐Ÿ’ฐ CompoundWealth managementSeed (2019)
Series A (2021)
Now: Series A
๐ŸšฆFlow LabsGives everyone time back by eliminating traffic congestionPre-seed (2019)
โ™ป๏ธ ParagonAutomating your API developmentVillage Global, Soma Capital +
๐Ÿ“ถ CausalGiving you statistical and visualization superpowers ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งPre-seed (2019)
Now: Seed
โ™พ 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
๐Ÿ“บ Reactive Streamingadvisor to founders
๐Ÿ“Š Indexadvisor to founders
๐Ÿ” Certnadvisor to founders
๐Ÿ’Œ Polymail advisor to founders
๐Ÿ“ถ Causal product + gtm

References at:

  • 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