Varun Shenoy

EE + CS @ Stanford. Experimenting in public. Cappuccino addict.

now
  • Learning about complexity theory, language models, and modern history at Stanford.
  • Exploring the startup idea maze and working on side-projects.
about

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).

before

Last summer, I worked on building financial tools and lending products for immigrants at Remitly. In parallel, I was a part of Outliers, a community for builders in web3.

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.

next

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writing
Generative AI Builds Bridges For Creativity [substack]
Hardware Acceleration for ZK 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 [substack]
The (Underwhelming) Hype Behind AI and GPT-3 [old site]
Principles & Worldbuilding [old site]

projects
tenweeks.xyz: Fast Neural Search for Stanford Classes [demo]
Prof. Tom Hanks Bot Explains Word Vectors [demo]
Coauthor: English to LaTeX, Powered by AI [demo]
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] [github]
Surround.py: 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]