[Webinar] Meet the VC: Ankur Ahuja of Varana Capital, LLC

January 12, 2022


Ankur Ahuja

Varana Capital, LLC

Meet the VC is a monthly panel event hosted by Escalon and its partners. This month, we had an engaging discussion with Ankur Ahuja of Varana Capital, LLC to discuss fundraising, investment thesis, the current investment climate and more. with our partners Trinet, First Republic and Recreate Real Estate.

About Ankur Ahuja

Ankur Ahuja, Chief Operating Officer, brings to Varana Capital, LLC over 10 years of operational and investment experience. Prior to joining Varana Capital in 2021, Mr. Ahuja held the position of Founder and CEO at NexGen Logistics, a logistics company he co-founded in 2018, selling just prior to his move to Colorado. From 2009 – 2017, he was CEO of Cadence Distributors, a consumer products business he founded with Mr. Broenniman and subsequently sold to a competitor/license holder whose sales exceed $100MM. And from 2005 – 2009, Mr. Ahuja worked as an intern and then a business analyst at Cadence Investment Partners, a New York City-based event-driven hedge fund where he worked alongside Mr. Broenniman. Mr. Ahuja earned a BA in Economics and Finance from New York University in 2009.

About Varna Capital

Established in 2011, Varana Capital, LLC originally was intended to serve as a family office, managing the personal wealth of its two founders, Philip Broenniman and Ezra Gardner. Over the years, however, demand for access to their portfolio from wealthy friends, other successful professionals, and word- of-mouth caused our mission to evolve into the development of a platform of synergistic, adjacent, and complementary investment products, which build on the excellent performance and successful partnerships of Varana Capital Focused (VCFLP), our flagship fund.

Watch the replay of the event above, or here.

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Meet our partners


TriNet provides small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) with full-service HR solutions tailored by industry. To free SMBs from HR complexities, TriNet offers access to human capital expertise, benefits, risk mitigation and compliance, payroll and real-time technology. From Main Street to Wall Street, TriNet empowers SMBs to focus on what matters most—growing their business.



First Republic

First Republic Bank was founded in 1985 with one mission: to deliver exceptional, personalized service to each and every client. Today, First Republic has grown to become the 14th largest bank in the United States thanks to our truly differentiated service culture, the longevity of our client relationships and a Net Promoter Score that’s two times higher than the U.S. banking industry average.