CompanyTechstars

Skills & ExpertiseAccounting and Taxes, B2B, Building a Team, Co-Founder Dynamics, Company Culture, Founder Issues and Mental Health, Fundraising Strategies, Market Research, Pitch Feedback, Pivots, Product Roadmap, Scaling, Strategic Partnerships, UX Design

Industry Entertainment; Finance; Fitness & Sports; Real Estate & Housing; Venture Capital

Kartik is a former professional theater 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 Children's Investment Fund and most recently at Naya Capital Management in London prior to joining Techstars to invest in early stage technology ventures. 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 (like Zillow in the US or Rightmove in the UK) funded by Accel and Softbank and now majority owned by News Corp.

Kartik likes to run marathons in his free time (Berlin, Rome and NYC most recently before Covid cancelled races in 2020) 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. He is writing a rock opera based on time travel into a dystopian future, the Hollywood rights to which are yet to be sold. Kartik holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Harvard Business School.