Hi, I am Anand Iyer. Pronounced “aah-nun iye-er”.
I am a Visiting Partner at Pear Ventures, an early stage pre-seed and seed firm where I focus on blockchain, cryptocurrency and decentralized finance (DeFi) investments. I love teaching and I am currently teaching a course on DeFi.
I was the CEO & Founder of Trusted, a child care marketplace. Trusted was acquired by Care.com in 2018.
Before Trusted, I was the Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder at Threadflip (RIP). Threadflip was a marketplace for women’s apparel. And before that I was CTO & Co-Founder of OnSports (acquired by Yahoo!). OnSports was like Digg meets Twitter, but for sports content. I cut my teeth building and evangelizing products at Microsoft and Cisco Systems. I have a degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University. I occasionally write on Medium.
My wife, Shreya, and I are angel investors – we tend to be stage and sector agnostic. Our investments include Airbnb (secondary), Apero Health, Blockstack, BlueJeans (secondary, acquired by Verizon), Glimpse, Metafy, Lexria, Sandbox VR, Smash.gg (acquired by Microsoft),Tesorio, TrustToken, Vahan among others. You can read our investment decision framework here. Also, check out our AngelList profile here: https://angel.co/ai
My expertise is in early stage company building, and I veer towards consumer and marketplaces. Shreya is an attorney turned talent acquisition specialist and has helped scale Splunk from a couple of hundred to over 6000 employees. We are constantly learning and as we think about our future, our interest has been piquing in climate change, cryptocurrency and longevity related businesses.
Since leaving Trusted in July 2020, I’ve been a teacher’s aide to our precocious and lovely daughter, Ava.