Hi, I'm Varun.

Product Leader. Founder. Engineer. Educator. Organizer.

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Nice to meet you

I believe in using technology to create a more equitable world.

Over the course of my career, I have created tools which enable PreK-12 educators to create positive and engaging learning environments.

I am a...

  • Founder: started & sold an edtech company (UClass)
  • Product Leader: currently the Director of Product at Mystery.org
  • Engineer: led a high-performing dev team as CTO
  • Educator: taught math at a public high school
  • Organizer: volunteer with education equity, racial justice, and grassroots groups

In my spare time, I enjoy meditating, being outdoors, dancing (I've performed at 4 Warriors halftime shows), making homemade chai, writing, reading, and dabbling in creative endeavors (guitar/ukulele/photography/ceramics).

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Advising

I frequently help early-stage startups to find product-market fit, build great products, and develop a clear strategy.

I advise startups and founders through a few different organizations:




Want to talk about start-ups? Get in touch!

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Speaking

I also occasionally speak on panels or present at events.

Here's where I've recently spoken:

Columbia Venture Community panel,
"From Bootstrap Start-up to Acquisition"
Panelist
University of San Francisco, School of Management
Creativity, Innovation, and Applied Design
Guest Lecturer
University of California, San Francisco
Master of Global Entrepreneurial Management class
Guest Lecturer
SF EdTalks,
"Real Talk: The Changing State of Education"
Panelist
Duke Fuqua MBA class, Net Impact Club Speaker
MIT Sloan MBA class Speaker
Kick Accelerator,
Spring cohort
Speaker
Columbia Radio Lab Podcast,
"From Bootstrap Start-up to Acquisition"
Speaker
Kick Accelerator,
Fall cohort
Speaker
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Organizing

In my spare time, I stay involved with education equity, racial justice, and grassroots issue and electoral campaigns.

Electoral campaigns & offices

Solo Projects

Community Organizing

Writing

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