Hi, I am Karan

I am a Developer, Designer, Marketing Manager, Public Speaker, Community Builder and an Actor.

MV Karan

What I do

Developer

Full-stack web developer & system engineer.

Designer

Graphic designer for print & web.

Developer Relations

Building communities & advocating for developers.

Public Speaker

Delivering workshops, talks & speeches.

Phones

Marketing Manager

Full-funnel marketing using online & offline channels.

Video Producer

End-to-end corporate & learning videos production.

Actor

Cinema & teleserial actor in Kannada.

Anchor

Host/MC for conferences, concerts & other events.

My Journey

Manager, Developer Marketing

Oct 2019 - Present

Sr. India Outreach Manager

Jun 2016 - Sep 2019

Developer Evangelist

Nov 2015 - Jun 2016

Founder

Mar 2015 - Jun 2016

Education

Bachelor of Engineering (Information Science & Engineering)

Visvesraya Technological University

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Testimonials

Kind words from people

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Karan at DigitalOcean. During that time, he proved to be extremely resourceful, data informed an action oriented as a Sr. Developer Marketing Manager. Karan was instrumental in creating successful webinars, running multi-city roadshows, and growing our Meetup program. In addition to his core responsibilities, he added value in many programs and initiatives including regional GTM strategy, email marketing, design and video editing. Karan was a true asset to the team and to our regional GTM efforts

Tom Berger
Tom Berger
VP, Marketing, DigitalOcean

Karan is Subject matter expert as i call them, I have worked with many tech teams but working with Karan has been a pleasure, he is a team man. Karan is very passionate and has great vision for his work. His focus keeps everything moving smoothly, he makes sure all the deadlines are met, and makes sure that whatever project he is working on meets the highest standards, He gives solutions rather than posing tech problems to the projects he works on. I wish Karan all the best and success in whatever he does.

Rakesh Bhandari
Rakesh Bhandari
Sr. Vice President - SEA, Razorfish

To put it in one word about Karan - "enterprising". Right from him his early college days he's been the most enterprising guy I have ever seen on the block! His ability to grasp requirements and develop IT solutions is excellent. Apart from his IT skills, his ability to understand various business processes is a big plus. Combination of his qualifications, technical skills, interpersonal and relationship management skills - Karan is the goto guy!

Narayanachar MP
Narayanachar MP
VP - Business Development, APAC, Denave

I worked with Karan on a few customer initiatives and his passion to do things right for the business and for customers. His energy is unmatchable. He has developed good knowledge in his field and can be an asset to organization. Best wishes.

Mukund Joshi
Mukund Joshi
Head of Support - EMEA & APAC, Atlassian

Being one of the early hires on the DigitalOcean India team, Karan has played a key role in building a community presence for DO among developers in India. Karan is consistent in bringing new ideas to the team and is a creative marketer. Outside of fostering a community, Karan is also adept at brand design, email/social media marketing and video content production. Hustler, data oriented and process-oriented are the terms that best describe Karan. It’s been a pleasure working with Karan and he will be an asset to any marketing organization!

Prabhakar Jayakumar
Prabhakar Jayakumar
Country Director, India, DigitalOcean

I had the pleasure of working with Karan on the DigitalOcean developer outreach initiatives. Karan is a disciplined professional with great work ethics and commitment. He is friendly and approachable all the time. His passion for design brings creativity to his work. Karan is an asset to any team. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him.

Janakiram MSV
Janakiram MSV
Analyst, Advisor, Architect, Janakiram & Associates

Karan is a kind, compassionate, genuine human being, whom I'm grateful to call a friend and colleague. He's also incredibly talented, dedicated, and intelligent, which makes for an amazing teammate/employee. I've thoroughly enjoyed my experience working alongside Karan and am grateful for his contributions to the developer community in India and throughout the world. Karan is a true professional when it comes to community-building, because he fully understands - with his heart and his mind - what it takes to establish, maintain, and strengthen meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with fellow humans. Anyone who finds themselves working with Karan can expect an uplifting and joyful experience.

Tim Falls
Tim Falls
Director, Community, DigitalOcean

Karan is highly skilled technical specialist who produced some key deliverables to our company.

Suresh Kumar
Suresh Kumar
CEO, Mobinsure Software

Karan has great instincts for building developer communities and driving measurable demand. Combining that with an extremely proactive attitude and very high technical aptitude, Karan is extremely capable of supporting a marketing organization in a number of areas: events, webinars, product marketing and storytelling, and all of the supporting work needed inside Marketing Automation tools (Marketo) and workflow tools (zapier, tray.io, etc). A true pleasure to work with.

David Dorman
David Dorman
Director of Growth, DigitalOcean

Karan has several good qualities one requires to make a great manager. While doing research - whether it is market opportunity or competitive analysis, he has a knack of approaching various stakeholders to assemble all the data required. In addition to all this, he was a pleasure to work with. He is a team player and enthusiastic about taking up new challenges. I am sure he'll add tremendous value to which ever organisation he joins, and he will be an asset. I wish him all the best!

Tushar Gupta
Tushar Gupta
Product Manager, 22Feet Tribal Worldwide

Karan is a force to be reckoned with. He's determined to get things done, he's hard working, he communicates clearly, he follows up diligently, he stays focused on the big picture but also tends to the details, he respects his colleagues tremendously and he is one of the most supportive and inspiring people I've yet worked with. It was my pleasure to work with Karan for about a year and a half on a range of projects at DigitalOcean where we shared an eagerness to elevate the brand experience across all media and touch-points. In each of our collaborations, Karan provided thoughtful and proactive leadership and insight. He helped empower me and the creative and web teams to make projects successful no matter what the timelines or the constraints were. In my experience, Karan is an indispensable man of action and I hope to work with him again in the future.

Erik Hageman
Erik Hageman
Creative Director, DigitalOcean

Karan is a leader who knows how to develop a vision and implement it with attention on the 30,000 ft view as well as the itty bitty details. Karan understands developers because he is a developer and when he combines this with a well-rounded Marketing toolset, he becomes a highly sought after talent. He is a team add not only in his output but also in the way he collaborates, and communicates. I learned a lot from Karan and hope to work with him again in the future!

Daniel Zaltsman
Daniel Zaltsman
Sr. Developer Relations Manager, DigitalOcean

Karan never ceases to amaze me. He is a jack of all trades and a master at all of them. He demonstrates a deep curiosity for learning coupled with a remarkable ability to implement his knowledge, in a fast and efficient way. Not only does he possess sharp business and analytical skills, but a kind and empathetic nature lends to the type of colleague you are happy to collaborate with and have in your corner.

Hollie Haggans
Hollie Haggans
Global Partnerships Manager, DigitalOcean

Karan is a veteran Community Builder in India. He has maintained, ran, mentored, help run several developer communities. Also, he encourages new community talent. His guidance helped me to run DigitalOcean's Bangalore Meetup group. I'd like to credit him for helping build successful developer community. Later, I collaborated with him doing for DigitalOcean webinar series, his ability to understand what DO community needs is amazing.

Aravind Putrevu
Aravind Putrevu
Sr. Developer Advocate, Elastic

Karan is a complete joy to work with! A meticulous strategist, Karan for every undertaking does an excellent job in taking steps back to identify opportunities and does not hesitate to bring up probing points and critical questions to ensure needs are anticipated from as many angles as possible. Despite juggling various responsibilities as a wearer of many hats within our agile India team, Karan maintained a high level of attention to detail and sought creative ways to better our day-to-day work. He would go from pointing out minor operational discrepancies that might affect marketing campaigns in the longer term, to examining what be optimized by rerouting data differently within our integrated tools. Contagious and inspiring are not just his discipline and indefatigability, but also the kindness and sincerity he brings to his relationships at work and to the larger communities of developers and marketers he influences. I am grateful to have collaborated closely with Karan since starting at DigitalOcean and hope to work with him again in the future.

Michelle Renee See
Michelle Renee See
Marketing Automation Manager, DigitalOcean

Karan is one of the most passionate community builders I’ve had the pleasure of working with. As part of DigitalOcean’s India go to market team I’ve seen Karan juggle multiple programming responsibilities from webinars to in-person conference events. I appreciated how he would readily share his results and learnings on these with the wider marketing organization at DO, so our team could set benchmarks and action items for improvements. Karan is a natural problem solver and fantastic teammate - not only has he been able to grow DigitalOcean’s brand awareness among developers in India, but he’s also been an incredible advocate for helping our business prioritize ways we could better serve the Indian developer community from a product and support perspective - I got my first exposure to this while working alongside him during a company hackathon project where we partnered with customer success on improving our billing and invoicing experience. When it comes to planning wider marketing campaigns, Karan is always encouraging us to think globally and has often given us invaluable feedback to ensure clarity in our messaging and outreach efforts - especially during critical product launches and company announcements. More surprising? Karan manages to do all of this without any ego in the way whatsoever - he cares deeply about inclusion and education as a way to bring teams together and grow healthy, engaged communities.

Sam Coren
Sam Coren
Sr. Demand Generation Manager, DigitalOcean

My first work interaction with Karan was when he had organized a meetup on Kubernetes in Mumbai and I was speaking on DigitalOcean's engineering culture there. The turnout on a Sunday morning, at 10 AM in a co-working space was beyond what I'd expected. There were about 70-80 people ranging from students, startup founders and tech architects at big corporates who attended and I was amazed by the reach and networking he has been able to achieve. Building relationships for the long term is something everyone can learn from Karan. From great organization, planning, thoroughness and passion for his work, Karan is a true leader who lives by example. He has been instrumental in organizing several events from tech meetups, hackathons, to very large events like TIDE for DigitalOcean. He's always pushed boundaries and helped DigitalOcean achieve greater recognition especially within India. His passion is contagious and will help all his peers prosper. Above all, Karan has always championed our value of DO Love. He has great empathy. We really miss having him at DigitalOcean. He will always be a great asset for any organization he's a part of. I genuinely look forward to my next opportunity to collaborate with him in the future.

Anand Vyas
Anand Vyas
Software Engineer, DigitalOcean

It was really a pleasure working with Karan on several product deliverables through Inkmonk. Karan is a highly organized and energetic person. He sets a clear expectation to everyone he works with. I have seen him understanding the pain points of others and acts accordingly. Many a time, he has come out of the box to help others. In Short, a great human being to work with.

Avinash Kumaar
Avinash Kumaar
Business Development Manager, Inkmonk

Karan is one of those rare people who also naturally serves as an inspiring mentor. With a worth of experience as a developer, Karan exhibits strong interpersonal skills and a unique capacity for empathy. These qualities most notably translate in his ability to motivate a team to care about its project and be invested in the project’s success. His ideas are unique, and goal driven.

Punith Gowda
Punith Gowda
Sr. Software Engineer, Mindtree

Karan is definitely one of the most creative and enterprising persons that I've come across. I especially loved his work on emblem design for QuizBlog. He's been of great help to me as a pro-bono contributor. What I appreciate the most about Karan is his ability to understand any technological complexity and come up with an elegant solution.

Raveesh Mayya
Raveesh Mayya
Doctoral Candidate, University of Maryland

The first meeting with Karan was during a tech talk on testing and virtualisation .. He was the pick of charm among the group , and after that , Karan have amazed me with his technical , design , logical , entrepreneurship and foremost his artistic skills.. He is a trend setter amongst youngster of having a "goal" in life .. There are lot of occasions i have worked with him and every time its more than expectations he delivered .. He is a GO TO GUY.. Wish him all the very best for his ambitions and sure he is going to do more wonders in life

Sandeep Sivanandan
Sandeep Sivanandan
Principal Software Engineer, Dell EMC

I found Karan quite different thinking young and dynamic boy. He is highly enthusiastic and never stops in bringing new thoughts, ideas. Always willing to go an extra mile and provides value-addition. I wish to see him take forward all his thought-process to the next higher levels and achieve greater success in his career. Good luck

Chandrashekhar
Chandrashekhar
Sr. Delivery Manager, CUNIX

My interaction with Karan began with the conduction of a 2 day Android Workshop at PESITM. Karan along with one of his friend were the resource persons. I was impressed with the way of presentation and focus on making participants work during this workshop. This was followed by a two day Ethical Hacking workshop which he coordinated as part of GDG Mangalore. Mr. Mahesh Rakheja was the resource person. As a Head of the department of CSE at PESITM, Karan is a kind of person whom I would like to have as a student. His admirable leadership skills, ability to take up initiatives, get involved in real time projects are few of the attributes which has made him what he is today. I wish him all the best for his future endeavors. I am sure he is going to excel in his professional life and become a role model for others to emulate.

Dr. Vinay S
Dr. Vinay S
Professor & Head - ISE, PES College of Engineering

Karan is a young spirited individual, capable of many things. He's great at technology, managing people, negotiating with clients, cracking complex problem statements and helping people. He is a total package and would love to work more with him.

Nitish Kashyap
Nitish Kashyap
Lead - Markets & Strategy, Crestworth Management Partners

Karan is the multi-skilled persona who is dabbling in multiple engagements and succeed in all too. Whenever I interacted with him I found his passion infectious. Humility & loyalty are his traits that makes him charming personality. I wish him all the success in every en-devour he undertakes.

Ravi S
Ravi S
CTO, Aaruni Technology Solutions