Having built products and companies as an entrepreneur in his teens, Nikhil now focuses on discovering, investing in, and mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs. As a partner at Shasta, he leads investments in consumer-oriented businesses. Nikhil also has a strong interest in industries that have yet to be transformed for the better by mobile and web technology, including healthcare, education, energy, and the life sciences. Nikhil is a board member/observer at ClassDojo, Frame.io, Hinge, Imperfect Produce, Plays.tv, Tally, The Farmer’s Dog, and The Pill Club, and led the firm’s investments in Athelas, Atrium LTS, Color Genomics, Cover, FlyHomes, Grin, Kapwing, Let’s Do This, RDMD, and Second Measure. He has co-sponsored many of Shasta’s investments since joining the team in 2012. Nikhil was named in 2015 to Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list for Venture Capital.
Every so often, you come across a ’10X’ investor. They’re your first call when you need help, they deliver results (including hires), and you come to deeply trust their advice. Nikhil is that investor for us.
— Sam Chaudhary, Co-Founder & CEO, ClassDojo
Born in the UK, Nikhil was raised in three countries on three continents. He discovered a love of entrepreneurship while a student at Princeton University. In 2008, during his sophomore year, Nikhil co-founded Artsy, an online platform for discovering and collecting art. Today, Artsy employs over 200 people and has raised over $50M in venture capital. Before joining Shasta, Nikhil was a member of the investment team at Insight Venture Partners in New York City.
Nikhil earned an A.B. in Molecular Biology with a certificate in finance from Princeton University, where he won the Spirit of Princeton award. He was co-president of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club for two years, laying the foundation for a campus-wide entrepreneurial ecosystem. While growing up in England, Nikhil captained his school cricket team. He is an avid supporter of Manchester United, as well as Bay Area sports teams.