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FinTech veteran joins Menlo Ventures as venture partner

Leading venture capital firm Menlo Ventures has appointed Silicon Valley veteran Aunkur Arya as a Venture partner in the firm’s investment team.

As an investor at Menlo, Aunkur will draw on deep domain expertise to identify and grow the next breakout fintech companies.  

Through leadership roles at Braintree, Paypal, and Google, Aunkur developed an understanding of fintech customers and the problems they face. As an executive at PayPal and Braintree, he led the company’s growth and market launch of new products across both merchant and peer-to-peer payments, including PayPal One Touch, a reincarnation of Venmo’s merchant checkout product. At Google, Aunkur worked on its early digital wallet products and came to Google via the acquisition of AdMob, where he was an early employee and led the buildout of its app developer business. Most recently, Aunkur was engaged with the startup world, advising on GTM strategy and making angel investments. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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