Arjun Gupta came to the United States as an exchange student in 1980 with $2,000. His father was a civil engineer from IIT-R and his mother was a teacher in India. Since then he has completed multiple university degrees, worked for world-class US companies, built a venture capital business and has lived the American Dream.
Arjun is the Founder & Managing Partner of TeleSoft Partners, a venture capital firm which he founded in 1996. Over the last 25 years, he has invested directly or indirectly in over 250+ private technology companies, resulting in 150+ acquisitions and IPOs to date (including 60+ unicorns). Arjun has raised cumulative capital commitments over $1+ billion. He was on the Forbes Midas List of the Top-100 Venture Capital Investors in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.
Earlier in his career, Arjun was a strategy consultant for high tech clients with McKinsey & Company (for Apple, AT&T and PacTel). His most formative projects were the go-to-market project for Qualcomm CDMA vs TDMA, and the spinoff of General Magic from Apple. Prior to business school, Arjun was an operating systems software engineer and product specialist for new product introductions at Tektronix, Inc. covering North America, UK, Germany and Japan.
In 2001, Arjun launched the AG Family Foundation. The foundation or Arjun personally have supported over 100+ projects in America, India and Africa.
In 2013, Arjun joined a new ownership group to purchase the Sacramento Kings NBA basketball team and to help revitalize the city of Sacramento.
Arjun is a passionate outdoorsman. He was a Liaison Officer with the Indian Mountaineering Foundation and has climbed with 6 Himalayan expeditions to peaks over 20,000 feet. He was a member of the 100th Anniversary Ski Expeditions to the North Pole and to the South Pole. Based on his work in conservation over the last 30+ years, Arjun was elected a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club (USA) and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society (UK). FAO of the UN, appointed Arjun a UN Mountain Partnership Ambassador.
Arjun received his MBA from Stanford University; MS and BS in Computer Science from WSU (Phi Beta Kappa); and BA (Honors) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College (India). Previously he graduated from Mayo College boys boarding school where he was a Boy Scout and in the Air Force Wing of the National Cadet Corps.
Arjun is an Advanced Leadership Fellow (ALI) from Harvard University; and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He is a co-founder of YPO Aspen and is a US Citizen. Arjun is a Trustee of the Aspen Institute, Aspen Music School & Festival, and Theatre Aspen.