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 India Country Manager and Board Member at StepOut.com, a venture-backed startup. Under his leadership, StepOut became India’s #1 online dating site with over 4 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 $100M 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. When he’s not working with entrepreneurs or answering his 7-year-old son’s endless questions, Tarun likes to read, spend time with his friends, sketch and occasionally enjoys a game of table-tennis. You can follow him on twitter @tarun_davda
Areas of Interest
Sectors include: Mobile Internet - eCommerce, Online Marketplaces, SaaS, SMB Tech, Travel and Vertical Classifieds
StepOut.com, India Country Head & Board Member
BigRock.com, Business Head
Infosys Technologies, Project Manager
Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, PGP, Strategy & Finance
VJTI, Bombay, Bachelor of Engineering