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Karim Varela

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Adviser, Trailerpop, Inc and Director of Android, Tinder. University of California, Santa Barbara grad.

Adviser, Trailerpop, Inc and Director of Android, Tinder. University of California, Santa Barbara grad.

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Lead Android Engineer Coffee Meets Bagel September 2014 - present
Advisor Tastemates January 2014 - present
Android Instructor Quantum Strides LLC March 2015 - present
President, Co-founder, Co-owner SocialTagg July 2012 - January 2015
Director of Engineering, Android Tinder June 2013 - August 2014
Lead Android Architect Beachbody October 2012 - June 2013
Android Developer Fandango May 2012 - October 2012
Android Engineer Muve Music January 2012 - May 2012
Android Support Lead AT&T Developer Program June 2007 - January 2012
Founder / President / October 2007 - May 2010
Lead Software Engineer HandsOn Mobile August 2006 - June 2007
Software Engineer Infospace Mobile September 2004 - August 2006
Build Engineer Atlas-Mobile September 2004 - October 2005
Language Integration Technician Electronic Arts June 2004 - October 2004


University of Florida - Warrington College Of Business Business Administration 2011 - 2013
University of California, Santa Barbara Computer Science 1999 - 2003
Benson Polytechnic High School Computer Software Technology/Technician 1995 - 1999

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Dating
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Events
  • • Green
  • • Mobile

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Rusty Palmer
We worked together  •  CSUSB Campus Influencer, Spotify and Founder & CEO, The Revolve project .com.
YEs, he has a team and is dedicated to his product and client basis.
Louis Tang
We worked together at Fandango  •  Director of Engineering, Android, SocialTagg and System Developer, Fandango.
Karim has what it takes to plan and execute a successful project. He has the technical skills as well as the business acumen necessary to le ... ad a team.
Jade Shyu (@JadeShyu)
They're my current cofounder  •  Freelance Designer, Jade Shyu and VP Marketing, Co-Founder, SocialTagg. University of California, San Diego grad.
Karim has the intelligence, technical skill, and leadership qualities that are essential to any tech startup. Besides being our President, h ... is business acumen and years of experience make him a great asset to our team.
Tyrus O'Neill, MBA
They're my school  •  Financial Reporting Analyst, Transamerica Asset Management. Previously Senior Investment Specialist, T. Rowe Price.
Karim embodies the spirit of the entrepreneur and is fully dedicated to his ideas. His drive and ability to thrive will make him a successf ... ul entrepreneur.
Richard Gentry
They're my advisor  •  Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi. Previously Assistant Professor, West Virginia University. University of Florida grad.
Karim is already a great entrepreneur. He presented his business plan in my MBA course, a year later he is still working his plan and has m ... ade great improvements. His work is exceptional and his presentation skills are impressive. As with many qualified people, his technical skills are good, but I was very impressed with his combination of those factors into a single individual. I have every confidence that he will continue to build out his plan and communicate with his customers until a successful implementation. What a great person to have in your network.
Doug Sillars
We worked together  •  Principal Architect - Mobile Application Optimization Outreach and Research Lead, AT&T. Previously CTO, Griffindor Books.
Karim has a history of great mobile development, WE worked together at AT&T for several years. Since leaving ATT, he has worked on, and beg ... un a number of unique mobile startups. He combines awesome development skills with the hunger and desire to start and build unique experiences.
Hsuan-hua Chang, Business & Technology Strategist
We worked together at AT&T Mobility  •  Chair of Leadership Coaching SIG 国际教练联盟領导教练组会长, International Coach Federation. Georgetown grad.
Karim has strengths and skills to be a successful entrepreneur. He has vision and leadership to influence investors and to build a team. He ... is open minded and flexible in order to adopt to changes. His business and technical background give him insights to the needs of a target market and ability to provide an unique product/service to meet the needs.
Milena Sidler
We worked together  •  SVP of Sales & Business Development, CyberVision, Inc and President, PlumTech Systems.
Karim is driven and motivated, always looking for the next BIG and best venture
Mike Allen
They're my friends  •  VP Product Management, Terracotta. Previously Director of Product Management, CA Wily.
He's an all-around talented guy who is courageous and resourceful.
Brian James Bowen
They're my friends  •  Commercial Leasing + Design, SaraVita Properties, Inc. and Architectural + Interior Design Consulting + Services, Brian James Bowen Design.
I met Karim through friends and was impressed with him immediately. He has passion when it comes to his ideas and projects. I enjoyed hearin ... g what he had learned from all his past ventures and how he plans to move forward with new ones. He is a natural entrepreneur, I don't think he could step away from it even if he wanted to. Unlike many "entrepreneurs" who just talk about their ideas, he actually puts in the time and get things done. I'm confident that he will continue to have success and that's why I enjoy to be around him.
Sarah Mick
We worked together at Tinder  •  VP of Design & Social Marketing Strategist, Tinder. Previously Senior Interactive Designer, Team Coco Digital.
Great developer, hard worker and a really nice guy. Anyone with a chance to work with him should consider themselves quite lucky!
Ashish Jain
We worked together at Beachbody  •  iOS Developer, Fandango. Previously iOS Developer, Beachbody. University of Florida grad. University of Florida grad.
Karim has a very clear vision of what he wants to accomplish and is unyielding in his determination. He is a high energy person who is able ... to keep his team motivated, on task and productive. He has a very practical mind when it comes to business, for example he may involve people he knows familiarly in his business endeavors, but if they do not pull their weight then he is clear with his expectations and willing to make tough decisions. I think his balance of creativity, energy and practicality would serve him well as an entrepreneur.
Kevin Van Bronkhorst
They're my school  •  Program Leader - Expat, Polaris Industries and Program Leader, Polaris Industries. University of Florida grad.
Karim is a talented programmer with creative ideas. I worked with him on a small team while completing an MBA and experienced first hand it ... creativity and passion for innovation.
Jose Huitron
They're my friends  •  Course Instructor, West Virginia University and Central Coast Chapter Director, Latino Startup Alliance.
He embraces the urgency of acting in the now.
Ara Juljulian
We worked together at Beachbody  •  Sr. Technology Manager, Beachbody. Previously VP Engineering, IconApps Inc..
Karim has the intelligence, discipline, passion, and drive needed to go from idea to actual product. He is not afraid to fail and knows whe ... n to pivot.
Igor Matlin
We worked together  •  Sales Engineer, Coverity. Previously Technical Account Manager, Myriad Group AG.
He's full of ideas, knows how to get things done, and is relaible business partner.
Igor Matlin
We worked together  •  Sales Engineer, Coverity. Previously Technical Account Manager, Myriad Group AG.
He's full of ideas, knows how to get things done, and is a reliable partner.
Joshua Dickens
They're my friends  •  Product Designer, Instagram. Previously Product Designer, Apple Inc.. NYU grad. NYU grad.
Karim has business in his blood. He is driven and intelligent, and has a passion for bringing his ideas to life.
Douglas Allan
They're my advisor  •  Brand Manager, Crimson Wine Group. Previously Managing Director & Co-Founder, STACKED Wines, LLC. Cornell grad.
Karim has the very unique talent of having both engineering/technical skill and understanding how to build, motivate and work with a team.
Angela McFarland
They're my school  •  Chief Financial Officer, Sony Biotechnology Inc.. Previously Chief Financial Officer, Fox Development Corporation.
Karim is aways looking for a new opportunity and is always networking to further those opportunities.
Tim Anglade
We worked together  •  Previously Head of Developer Programs & Evangelism, Apigee. Previously Community Manager & Developer Advocate, Cloudant.
Karim has the drive to keep trying new ideas, and a knack for surrounding himself with good people that can help.
Michael Margulies
We worked together  •  Previously Senior Software Engineer, United Future. Previously Senior Software Engineer (Android), Beachbody.
Karim sees a need and fills it. He thinks big and has the skills and character to reach his goals. He really is one of those people that see ... s obstacles as opportunities.
Diana Cheung
We worked together at SocialTagg  •  Product Management Intern, SocialTagg. Previously Digital Marketing Project Consultant, Tailour. University of California, San Diego grad.
Karim is a driven leader at SocialTagg. He is truly passionate about the mission and vision and brings the team together to achieve common ... goals. With both an engineering and business mindset, Karim sees the various implications of product ideas and business plans. He is also able to effectively communicate to different audiences, from investors to marketers and sales personnel as well as engineers.
Dillon Do
They're my school  •  Manager, CIO Advisory, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. University of Southern California grad.
1) He is one of the most passionate people that I’ve worked with. 2) He always wants to challenges the routine and look for better / diffe ... rent way of doing things. 3) He is open-minded and believes that he can change the world (and he is trying).
Guy Boudreaux
They're my advisor  •  Chairman, Spectra Music Group and President, Boudreaux Media Group.
Karim is very driven and focused ...

Guy Boudreaux
They're my advisor: social tagg  •  Chairman, Spectra Music Group and President, Boudreaux Media Group.
Guy is great and finding the core value proposition in a business and driving a business to focus on what they do best, and what will bring ... in revenue.

Rusty Palmer
CSUSB Campus Influencer, Spotify and Founder & CEO, The Revolve project .com.
Rusty is a great entrepreneur because he's willing to take risks and experiment. He takes time to network and form relationships that make a ... difference.

Mike Allen
VP Product Management, Terracotta. Previously Director of Product Management, CA Wily.
Mike has deep experience in the software world which makes him a great advisor. He's super easy to get along with and very helpful!

John Shiple
CTO, FreelanceCTO and CEO, FreelanceCTO. Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad.