Vasu Kulkarni

Obsessed with Basketball since 1986


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Personal Profile

As far as I can remember

"I've loved the game of basketball more than anyone has ever loved anything or anyone."

Sports in general have a way of bringing people together in ways that nothing else can. They are the common denominator between the rich and the poor, the black and the white. The game of basketball has been a teacher of life for me. The court has been place of refuge during good times and bad. For the past 25 years of my life, the lessons learned have transcended the gym into every aspect of my life.

"We don't play for the accolades. We play for ourselves, we play for each other, and mostly we play for the love of the game."

Personal Interests

When I'm not playing basketball or watching basketball:

The Internet is my Oyster

My mother says one day I will need to be admitted into technology rehab. She's probably right. You can find me online at any or all of these destinations:

My Passions

99%

Sports

85%

Entrepreneurship

65%

Food

90%

Technology

60%

Women

55%

TV Shows

Work Experience

Founder / CEO

Idea Fund Raising Execution
Krossover began as a project to help the UPENN Basketball team win more games. Eventually it turned into a NYC based company that combined my passions for sports, technology and entrepreneurship. Krossover employs over 50 sports fans in our Chelsea offices, and over 2000 freelance sports analysts around the world.
Company: Krossover
Period: November 2008 - Present

Managing Partner

Fund Raising Investing Advising
My entire life, all I wanted to do was sit courtside at a game. When the time came to begin investing in startups, I could not think of a more fitting name than Courtside Ventures. Our investment philosophy is to get as close to the action as possible without interrupting the entrepreneurs' game plan.
Period: October 2013 - Present

Education & Awards

University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor Of Science in Computer Engineering & Entrepreneurship (Barely Graduated)
I started my college education at Penn planning to be a computer scientist. Much like Gladwell says in David and Goliath, I found I was an awful student compared to everyone else. I decided instead to try and make the basketball team. After 3 years of protein shakes and a lot of pickup hoops, I got to walk on as a senior and play on the Penn JV Basketball Team.

Graduated: 2008

Bloomberg Business Week

America's top 25 entrepreneurs under 25
Pretty cool to be named to the same list as Zuckerberg and other great entrepreneurs. Still have a long way to go though.

Year: 2010

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