Managing Director at Matrix Partners India
Member of RISE Conference Alumni 2019
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Tarun is an intrapreneur turned VC. He’s been fortunate to have got the opportunity to build and lead two successful Internet businesses in India. With over a decade of experience in the trenches, he enjoys partnering with promising entrepreneurs and using his experience to help them nurture, grow and flourish their business.
Tarun has operating experience across a variety of functional areas including strategy, operations, marketing, business development and product management. He’s been around the block a few times and this has given him a deep appreciation of what it takes to create and run a successful Internet business in India.
Prior to joining Matrix, Tarun was the Co-founder, India CEO and Board Member at StepOut.com, a venture-backed startup. Under his leadership, StepOut became India’s #1 online dating site with over 5 Million users. He setup the India operations, built the team, transformed the product and brand to suit the Indian market and eventually took it to a stage where it could be monetized. StepOut was acquired by IAC / Match.com (NASDAQ:IACI) in September 2013.
Before that, Tarun established BigRock.com (incubated by the Directi group) - India’s #1 provider of domain name registration and other web services. As business head, he built the business ground-up including setting up the product, striking important offline partnerships, running a hugely successful TV-ad campaign and scaling the team. BigRock and other Directi entities were acquired by Endurance International (NASDAQ:EIGI) for $110 Million in January 2014.
Tarun started his career as a developer at Infosys where he was responsible for providing IT consulting and outsourcing services to Fortune-100 US clients. During this time, he gained extensive business development experience in the North American market and was instrumental in winning and executing a $25 Million deal.
Tarun is an MBA from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad and an Engineer from VJTI, Bombay.