- Index Ventures partner Mike Volpi announced that Nina Achadjian has been named the newest partner at the venture capital firm
Index Ventures partner Mike Volpi announced that Nina Achadjian has been named the newest partner at the venture capital firm. Including Volpi and Achadjian, the partners also includes Sarah Cannon, Mark Goldberg, Jan Hammer, Martin Mignot, Danny Rimer, Neil Rimer, and Shardul Shah.
“When we onboard new team members at Index, we encourage them to take their time, to get to know people and to breathe the culture a bit. From day one, Nina’s ambition was infectious. I recall her roaming the hallways of Index and jumping into people’s offices to find even more ways to contribute. There was an energy about her that I soon learned was the drive to accomplish more,” wrote Volpi in a blog post. “Nina was raised in the Bay Area as a first-generation American Armenian. Growing up with immigrant parents who left everything behind to pursue a better life, Nina developed a deep appreciation for being born in the land of opportunity. She grew up dreaming big. In middle school, she was told she couldn’t join the water polo team because she didn’t know how to swim; two years later, she was team captain. She was told she couldn’t help scout for her high school football team; three years later, she was interning for the Oakland Raiders. For Nina, the sky was the limit.”
After graduating from Harvard, Achadjian put a coveted Wall Street job on hold in order to trace her roots by working in a baklava bakery in Istanbul. And then Achadjian moved to New York as a high yield bond trader for Citi until she realized there was no reason why technology could not do her job. From there, Achadjian started working at Google.
And over the past 3 years, Achadjian worked at Index and developed the firm’s thesis in vertical SaaS. Achadjian oversaw the firm’s investments in companies likeServiceTitan, Shopmonkey, and Double. ServiceTitan CEO described Achadjian as the “the perfect balance of determination and empathy.”
Achadjian’s contributions also ranged from spearheading the firm’s angel investment program to organizing a trip to Armenia to mentor startups to creating Oasis by Index (a retreat for seed funds and early-stage founders).