ICBRKR EXTRAORDINAIRES: Meet Sumit Varshney
Welcome to our new ICBRKR Extraordinaires Series, where every two weeks, we highlight one extraordinary ICBRKR. Our community is our backbone, and we’re proud to be BRKing the mold with such a passionate and engaging group of people. ⚡️
Today, we introduce Sumit Varshney, former Head of Corporate Strategy at Spotify and currently leading Growth for AirSwap, a peer-to-peer token trading network built on the Ethereum blockchain. Sumit is looking to connect with Fellow Foodies, Music Lovers, and Urban Explorers, and loves to dance until dawn at Burning Man and #BRKTHEMOLD at the office the next day. Get to know Sumit here, and connect with him in the ICBRKR app (iOS // Android).
Sumit, you’ve had quite the professional path, working for some pretty big names in the biz. Can you tell us more about what you do?
I've always loved tinkering with technology and integrating myself into new communities, and so have tried to meld both across the various roles I've had. I started out writing very poor code at IBM before I realized that I was better at interacting with and figuring out people more than machines, so I moved into strategy roles at Bain & Co, Google, Spotify, and now AirSwap, a cryptocurrency trading network. Consumer tech was my sweet spot for a long time, but am now loving learning about FinTech and the exciting migration towards decentralized blockchain-based systems.
Good stuff. And what do you like to do outside of work, for fun?
Most of my 'real' life is spent finding the next new experience. Starting from the small town in Canada that I grew up in, I've always found myself chasing this, whether it was moving to Toronto, NYC, or Tokyo, trying the weirdest hole-in-the-wall cuisine, or dancing until sunrise at the best party (Burning Man, obviously).
Obviously! And what is it you like most about ICBRKR?
The community! I've known Jocelyn (Ed. ICBRKR’s Co-Founder & CEO) for ~10 years, and she's always surrounded herself with the best people. She is now finding ways to build out that crew digitally.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Yes, and I don't even feel guilty about it. I take absolute pleasure in treating myself to a McDonald’s breakfast every time I'm on a road trip, or have an early flight and see one in an airport.
Haha! Good for you! Thanks for answering our questions, Sumit. See you on the dance floor at our next party!
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