Varun is passionate about working with energetic teams to solve complex challenges that require an unparalleled level of customer insight and critical thinking. As a Venture Builder, he enjoys helping clients harness previously untapped skills and unfair advantages to successfully build new digital businesses.
Over 25 years ago, Varun started his career in consulting, helping clients leverage the internet to amplify customer engagement, in industries ranging from fast-moving consumer goods to media, retail, banking, and telecom. He spent a number of years running a telco subsidiary, building MVPs, prosecuting patents, and commercializing technologies.
Varun then went out on his own, co-founding an innovative SaaS startup. A predecessor to IoT, the platform attained significant distribution through global market leaders and received the Broadband World Forum Award. After returning to the corporate world, Varun was a necessary catalyst for turning around a $200M P&L business, skillfully aligning functions and growing revenue, before holding various positions in general management, business development, and channels and partnerships.
Varun is an insatiably curious, continuous learner and a self-described geek, who became certified as an AWS Solutions Architect simply out of a personal interest to develop a greater understanding of cloud computing. He holds a BS in statistics and MBA from Bombay University, as well as an advanced certificate in management, innovation, and technology from MIT.