Formerly Design Director of Product Development and Strategy at IDEO and co-founder of fitness startup Starters (www.startersapp.com), Arvind now runs the SF office for SOSV as an Investment Partner and brings over a decade of experience in helping startups and Fortune 50 companies launch new tech products. He plays a pivotal role in providing purpose-driven design expertise for SOSV investments globally. In addition to driving new SOSV accelerator programs (IndieBio and Interact-X), Arvind will invest in and mentor hardware and software startup companies in the Bay Area and China.
Arvind first worked as an equity options Market Maker at the Pacific Exchange in San Francisco. During this time, Arvind became an avid BASE jumper, a sport that involves using a parachute to jump from one of four fixed objects; building, antenna, span, and earth. His passion for the sport compelled him to help understand the problem of canopy collapse during an object strike which could be fatal. This experience of working to solve a problem by blending science and art led Arvind to a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design.
Arvind holds several US patents and has spoken at numerous conferences and events including at the SFMOMA and TEDx New Silk Road. A frequent author, his thought leadership has been published in journals ranging from Time to Design Observer to Rotman Magazine, and he has been the recipient of numerous international design awards for design and innovation including six IDSA IDEA awards.
Arvind holds a degree in Genetic Engineering form the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design from San Francisco State University.
A practicing MMA fighter, Arvind is a blue belt in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu.