Varun Shenoy

EE + CS @ Stanford. Thinking about how we can turn science fiction into science fact.


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'm also a venture partner at Contrary.

I'm currently thinking about 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).

  • Building financial tools for immigrants @ Passbook
  • Thinking about crypto infrastructure and tooling as an Outlier @ Floodgate
  • Learning Rust and functional programming
  • Exploring the great outdoors and fantastic coffee in Seattle

Last summer, I worked with Apple's health software team on domain specific languages. I also 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. I've also worked on applying machine learning to medical problems at BAIR and the Palo Alto VA Hospital.


Heading back to campus in the fall! 🌴

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 [website] A Framework for Immersive Spatial Audio Simulation and Education [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
Bare Metal Magic Mirror (for CS107e) [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]