Kartik Varma

Managing Director

Kartik, who goes by KV, is a former professional theatre actor and lapsed lawyer who prematurely suffered a mid-life crisis in his mid-20s while in business school when he unsuccessfully attempted to start a Formula 1 racing team which proverbially ended up in a car crash. He has spent over two decades equally, but not chronologically, divided between being an investor and an entrepreneur. Kartik helped the Ziff family start and build their actively managed multi-billion dollar family office investing in both private and public markets, first based out of New York and then in London. He's also worked at fundamentals driven equity hedge funds like The Childrens Investment Fund and most recently at Naya Capital Management in London prior to joining Techstars. He co-founded iTrust, the first of its kind digital open architecture platform in India for asset and liability products, financial advice and tax preparation services to the Indian middle class market, which he successfully exited from. He then co-founded, with the same business partner from iTrust, PropTiger.com, which today is India's largest digital real estate platform funded by Accel and Softbank and now majority owned by News Corp. Kartik likes to run marathons in his free time (Berlin and Rome in the last year) but Twitter has made it challenging for him to keep up his vow of only reading books written more than 500 years ago which have stood the test of time. He speaks four languages, but his excel skills aren't as good as they used to be. (@CorpusKV) Kartik has an LLB from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He's currently a Managing Director at Techstars and runs the Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars in London which invests in early stage fintech startups.


Jun 27, 2019