Kaushik Subramanian


Product Leader and Angel Investor

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About

Kaushik is a product leader currently at Stripe. Previously, he was at Facebook where he grew its ad network to a multi billion dollar business by changing the plumbing of the ad tech industry. He’s an established voice in tech, with thought leadership in forums such as the World Economic Forum and Facebook f8. He’s had a past life with McKinsey and L’Oreal.He is also is a well known expert in the ecosystem, routinely helping early stage startups as a board director or advisor to think through product and strategy. He also helps a few venture capital firms and is an angel investor.Some media coverage:
Product Summit Talk, 2020
Career Story on YourStory, 2020
Keynote at Facebook f8, 2019
Article on App Bidding in Digiday, 2019
Mobile World Congress Keynote, 2019
World Economic Forum, 2016
Personal
The Hindu, 2021
Scroll.in, 2021
Inc42, 2020
Network Capital, 2019/20

Portfolio

I invest in teams that solve customer problems using technology using a pure product led approach. I don't usually invest in companies that have a logistics, physical goods or operational complexity element to it. This self selects me out of most deals, which I like a lot as it allows me to be more focused on what I know best.

CompanyWhat it doesLead Investor
Fermat CommerceInfrastructure for Distributed commerceGreylock, QED
PayflowsTreasury ManagementRibbit
FampayBanking for Gen ZGeneral Catalyst, Sequoia
ChronicleStorytelling ToolsAccel
DeepOpinionCognitive AI process automationStride
KhyaalPlatform and banking for senior citizensBlume
LocaleControl tower for ops teamsChiratae
ThreadoCommand center for Community teamsVertex
InsightlyDeveloper productivityTogether Fund

I write about tech, careers, product management and in an earlier life consumer goods. Here are some examples:

Talks:

Blume Ventures - How to build empowered product teams, 2022
Techstars Amsterdam/Stockholm - Crafting succesful products
Indian Silicon Valley - Navigating a career in tech, 2022
Startup Operator podcast, 2021

Short Reads (<2 mins):

How apps make money
Good product counsel vs Great product counsel
Good feedback vs bad feedback
The big shiny thing problem
How to have great meetings
How to drive influence without authority
On Metrics
Strategy vs narrative framing
How to scale when you're not a manager

Longer reads:

How to write a user manual for yourself
How to quit your job with grace
What its like to leave McKinsey