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Arpan joins Garuda from Okta where he was most recently the Director of Corporate Development. He joined the enterprise software giant as an early employee in 2013, and helped the company grow from early stage through its IPO in 2017 and life as a public company since then. He was a founding member of all key inorganic growth functions - M&A, Okta Ventures, and strategic partnerships - and helped grow the business from ~$25M in revenue to $1B+ and into a multi-product enterprise. He has executed all of the company's M&A transactions to date, amounting to $6.5B+ across Security, Developer Tools, DevOps, and IT Workflows. He has also been an active angel and fund investor since 2014, and was the first investor in Garuda Ventures I based on a decade long friendship with Rishi.

Prior to working as a tech executive, Arpan practiced as a corporate lawyer and as an equity research associate covering the technology sector at Bloomberg LP and Credit Suisse.

He holds a B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from Cardozo Law School where he was Senior Editor of the Cardozo Law Review, and is a CFA Charterholder. Arpan lives in Burlingame, CA with his wife Aneesha and two kids.

Co-Founder and General Partner

Arpan Punyani

  • Helped grow Okta 100x: ~200 employees (2013) through IPO (2017), to a $40B+ market cap (2021)

  • Executed $6.5B all-stock acquisition of Auth0 (2021)

  • Launched Okta Ventures (2019)

  • An active angel investor in companies including Octave Health, Dagne Dover, Regie.AI, and Farmstead

  • East Coaster (Miami, NYC, DC, Philadelphia), until moving to the Bay Area at Rishi’s urging in Matrix Partners’ Palo Alto office in 2012

  • Godel, Escher, Bach and Cosmos are two of his favorite books

  • Was a member of Penn Masala, UPenn’s premier a capella group