Arnav joined Spark in 2020 with a passion for enterprise infrastructure, and a mission to help founders succeed on their own path. “There’s a lot of advice out there for how a founder should do this, or do that, but ultimately this is your baby—you built the company for a reason, you know the right path—we are here simply to make that path easier.”
Before joining Spark, he spent three years on Cisco’s Corporate Development team, where he drove strategy, M&A and venture investments in the enterprise infrastructure stack. During his time there, he invested in Hashicorp, Turbonomic, Puppet Labs, Upskill, Kespry, and helped lead the acquisitions of Viptela, ThousandEyes, Sentryo and July Systems. “Working at Cisco, enabled me to develop a product-first muscle and an appreciation of what it takes to operationalize enterprise infrastructure at scale”, he says. “We have barely scratched the surface in infrastructure software.” Prior to Cisco, he was an investor at Blackstone.
Arnav grew up in Mumbai and Dehradun, India and studied Economics and International Relations at Cornell University. His journey to the US was made possible by the Ratan Tata scholarship. That journey taught him that persistence always wins and it’s why he’s drawn to immensely passionate entrepreneurs. “Great founders,” he says, “always find a way to figure it out.”