As a General Partner at SOSV a $150 million venture capital fund, Arvind founded IndieBio, the world’s largest biotech program based seed fund. Using a blend of scientific method and design thinking he and the IndieBio team funds startups that can impact over a billion people or address markets over a billion dollars.. At IndieBio, Arvind has invested in groundbreaking companies like Memphis Meats, Synthex, Nerd Skincare, and Catalog helping to start the cellular agriculture and consumer biotech movements. His current focus is on disrupting early stage therapeutics investing.
Beginning his professional life as an options market maker in the Pacific Coast Exchange in the Microsoft pit, Arvind left trading in search of a career with deeper meaning. Arvind set out and found design when IDEO hired him. As a design director he led the team that designed the Samsung Galaxy Curve, amassed 8 patents, received many international design awards and moved to Shanghai to build the Asia product design team.
Arvind co-founded Starters, a personal fitness app that gained thousands of users in 98 countries. Joining SOSV in 2013, Arvind became a venture capitalist to invest in biotech and deep science technologies including AR/VR and new user interfaces. At SOSV he founded IndieBio and sits on numerous company boards.
He is a regular speaker at TEDx, TechCrunch Disrupt, Slush conference, Startup Iceland and SFMOMA among others. His writing appears in Nature, Rotman, Forbes and Design Observer. He has been awarded 8 US Patents and has had his work in the SF Museum of Modern Art.
Arvind received his B.S. in Genetic Engineering from UCSB and studied Industrial Design at SFSU.
Arvind is married with two daughters. He is 2016 world champion in No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, has climbed El Capitan and other big walls, was a BASE Jumper and big wave surfer. He is currently trains MMA and BJJ.
Notice: This person is attending Slush or has done so in the past. Description last updated Jul 25, 2017