Nikhil Basu Trivedi
"I gravitate toward missionary hackers and entrepreneurs who are energetic, persistent and hungry."
By the time Nikhil graduated from college, he co-founded three startups, including a direct mailing business, an art discovery website and a greeting card social enterprise. Today, as a principal at Shasta Ventures and advisor to The Thiel Fellowship’s 20 Under 20 program, Nikhil focuses on discovering, encouraging, and mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs. At Shasta, he looks to partner with entrepreneurs building companies that leverage mobile technology as a key enabler for success. Nikhil is also interested in health and education tech companies.
Nikhil is involved in many of Shasta's consumer-oriented investments, and is a board observer at Bloc and ClassDojo in San Francisco, and Hinge and Timehop in New York City. He was named in 2015 to Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 list for Venture Capital.
Born in the UK, Nikhil was raised in three countries on three continents. He discovered a love of entrepreneurship as a student at Princeton University. In his sophomore year Nikhil co-founded Artsy, an online platform for discovering and collecting art. In 2010, Nikhil co-founded My Card My Story, a social venture that sells greeting cards featuring the stories and art of children in Mumbai, India as a way to raise funds for their education. Before joining Shasta in 2012, Nikhil was a member of the investment team at Insight Venture Partners in New York.
Nikhil earned an A.B. in Molecular Biology with a certificate in finance from Princeton University, where he won the Spirit of Princeton award and was co-president of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club for two years. While there, he also built and ran an elevator pitch competition and laid 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.