Hi, I’m Kulveer.
I’m the CEO of Zeus Living, a top 100 YC company I started in 2016. I’ve raised over $100M from investors like Airbnb, Initialized Capital, Susquehanna International Group, Naval Ravikant, Floodgate, and others.
I started my first company at Oxford. Through this, I got into Y Combinator in 2007 (4th batch), and later sold this company in 2008. I have a knack for meeting talented founders. My first cofounder at Oxford, Tom Blomfield, later started the new bank unicorn, Monzo. Later, I teamed up with Patrick Collison to start Auctomatic. Patrick went on to found Stripe ($70B reported valuation).
My cousin and original cofounder Harj Taggar was hired by Paul Graham to be the first non-founding partner at YC and is currently a partner there.
When I moved to San Francisco in 2007, a mentor of mine, Ev Williams, suggested I worked out of the original Twitter office in 164 South Park Street. After being one of the first users of Twitter, I suggested Naval Ravikant invest in Twitter’s Series A. He did.
Through writing for the BBC, talking at Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Program, speaking on CNBC, appearing on podcasts and the extensive coverage of Zeus, I have created an audience and frequently have entrepreneurs around the globe reach out to me. This is especially the case with PropTech CEOs, founders from Oxford and those applying to Y Combinator.
I am connected to seed investors like Initialized Capital, Floodgate Fund, Pear Ventures & Elad Gil through personal connections and share deal flow.
My value add to founders includes:
- Being an founder & operator myself of a successful, growing company (250+ employees)
- Having navigated the sale of my previous startup
- Having raised a lot of venture and debt capital
- Understanding when and how to successfully pivot
- Being a 2 time YC founder and understanding how to navigate that process
Note: I invested rarely, focusing on my startup primarily. That said, the only YC Demo Day Fund I did in 2016 ($307,000) is currently up 495%.
- Boom Aerospace, 2016 Seed (raised additional $200M, now a unicorn)
- Mux, 2016 Seed (raised $70M from A16Z, Accel)
- Rickshaw, 2013 Seed (exited to DoorDash)
- Lyft, 2013 Series C, via secondary, IPO’d
- Robinhood, 2018 Series D, via secondary
In the public markets, I have my first 100 bagger by investing in Tesla in 2011.
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