Varun Shenoy

EE + CS @ Stanford. Experimenting in public.


I'm primarily a technical builder and enjoy working on creative projects. My academic background is in applied math and systems programming, with splashes of philosophy, hardware design, and psychology.

I spend a lot of time thinking about crafting tight-knit communities for builders. I'm a venture partner at Contrary and help organize Friends and Family.

I'm currently exploring a few problem verticals:

  • The unbundling of finance 💰. How can we use software to make financial instruments more accessible? What kinds of e-commerce and payment tools are needed to help mom and pop shops keep up with large enterprises?
  • Manufacturing and industry 🛠️. What does the factory of the future look like? How can we modernize our decaying industries and equip workers with a 21st century toolbelt?
  • Data infrastructure 📈. As the amount of data in the world continues to explode, how can we increase developer productivity and improve the building blocks of the internet, like search, messaging, and personalized content?

In my free time, I enjoy tearing apart longform essays, practicing photography, playing ultimate frisbee, and defying gravity (by lifting heavy weights).

  • Thinking about crypto infrastructure as a researcher @ Chapter One
  • Learning about systems, startups, and security at Stanford
  • Attempting to avoid collisions while biking around campus

Last summer, I worked on building financial tools and lending products for immigrants at Remitly. In parallel, I was a part of Outliers, a program for builders in web3 run by Floodgate and Standard Crypto.

I've also worked with Apple's health software team on domain specific languages. In a previous quarter, I helped teach CS 342: Building for Digital Health twice and was a core contributer to CardinalKit, a mobile framework for digital health research.

Before that, I conducted research through CURIS on hardware optimization for fixed-function circuits. In high school, I applied machine learning to medical problems at BAIR and the Palo Alto VA Hospital.


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Generative AI Builds Bridges Between Creative Mediums [substack]
Hardware Acceleration for Zero Knowledge Proofs [twitter]
You Should Watch More Canceled TV Shows [substack]
Building ZK Proofs from the Ground Up [twitter]
A Primer on Zero Knowledge Proofs [twitter]
Can We Build Scenius From Scratch? [substack]
Your Platform Is as Strong as Its Identity Layer [substack]
The Future of No Code is Low Code [substack]
Don't Major in Computer Science [old site]
The (Underwhelming) Hype Behind AI and GPT-3 [old site]
Principles & Worldbuilding [old site]

A CHIP-8 Emulator Written in Rust [github]
Magicwall: A React Component for Tokengating Content [github]
Unfold: A Small, Sandboxed DSL for Querying Crypto Wallets [demo] A Framework for Immersive Spatial Audio Simulation and Education [demo] [paper] [github]
A Deep Learning Approach for Image Reconstruction from Smartphone Under Display Camera Technology [paper]
Fun with the Fourier Series [paper]
CardinalKit [github] [website]
BitFlow: A Gradient Descent Bit-Width Optimization Technique for Fixed Function Hardware Design
Raspberry Pi Magic Mirror on Bare Metal [demo]
A Web App for Radiograph Annotation [demo]
A Novel Domain Adaptation Framework for Medical Image Segmentation [arxiv]
Deepwound: Automated Postoperative Wound Assessment and Surgical Site Surveillance through Convolutional Neural Networks [ieee] [demo]
Utilizing Smartphone-Based Machine Learning in Medical Monitor Data Collection: Seven Segment Digit Recognition [pubmed] [app store]
Nucleon: Chemistry Assistant [app store]
Summit: Summarized News Reader [app store]