FOUNDER & VENTURE ADVISOR, INDIEBIO
Arvind is Venture Advisor at SOSV, while also (as of July 15, 2020) a Partner at Mayfield, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley.
Arvind joined SOSV in 2013. At SOSV, Arvind led the team that founded IndieBio in San Francisco in 2015. IndieBio, the world’s largest life sciences accelerator program, has a worldwide reach today, having graduated 150+ startups that have created and disrupted a number of industries. The IndieBio team funds startups that can impact over a billion people or address markets over a billion dollars.
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 discovered design when IDEO hired him. As a design director of product development and strategy at IDEO, he led the team that designed the Samsung Galaxy Curve, received many international design awards and lived in Shanghai when building out the Asia product design team.
Further, Arvind co-founded Starters, a personal fitness app that gained thousands of users in 98 countries. On joining SOSV in 2013, Arvind became a venture capitalist to invest in biotech and deep-tech startups, including AR/VR and user interface startups.
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.
Most recently, Arvind is the co-author (along with Po Bronson, General Partner & Managing Director, IndieBio) of Decoding the World: A Roadmap for the Questioner, published by Twelve Books, a division of the Hachette Publishing Group.
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.