Rishi Taparia 2.jpg
 

I’m currently working on something new! More to come soon.

I most recently was the Vice President of Business Operations at Poynt, a hardware and software company building a commerce and payments platform for businesses. I joined Poynt as the company’s first non-technical hire and seventh employee and was responsible for scaling the company’s business and operations globally. Over my five years there I helped Poynt grow operations across three continents, sell over $150m in contracts to global banks including Itau, raise over $140m in capital from top-tier institutions including Ant Financial, US Bank and Oak HC/FT, and partner with key industry players including Alipay and Visa.

I also invest in startups through Garuda Ventures, an angel fund I co-founded looking to back amazing founders as they get off the ground.

I’m an alumnus of Matrix Partners and Scale Venture Partners, a still-recovering investment banker from my time at Merrill Lynch, and I bleed Northwestern purple.

As a Canadian citizen of Indian origin who grew up in Indonesia currently living in San Francisco by way of Chicago, New York and Palo Alto, “Where are you from?” is always a difficult question for me to answer!