About Schwark Satyavolu
A serial entrepreneur and inventor with 15 patents, Schwark co-founded the fintech companies Yodlee (YDLE) and Truaxis before joining Trinity. Today, he brings his entrepreneurial and broad operational experience to investments in fintech, AI and security startups.
Fintech, AI and security are exciting, but they're also full of noise and hype. I seek out entrepreneurs who are building long-term business opportunities and laying the fundamental building blocks for the technology-based ecosystems of our future.
Why did you want to pursue a career in venture capital?
I co-founded the two Fintech companies Yodlee (YDLE, acquired by Envestnet in 2015) and Truaxis (a Trinity portfolio company acquired by Mastercard). I also ran a $200 million division of Mastercard and served as a public company executive at LifeLock (acquired by Symantec). I use my experience as both a founder and an operator at multiple scales of business to help other entrepreneurs build companies that last. I know firsthand what it's like to create and scale businesses. I love mentoring new teams experiencing the thrill of turning their dreams into reality. It's a joy to help them grow at every stage of their business.
What kinds of investments do you pursue at Trinity?
I focus on early stage investments in fintech, security and artificial intelligence startups. Today, financial services are becoming so integrated and seamless that they’re enabling a new wave of innovation. As such, I'm particularly interested in fintech companies enabling the financial services ecosystem of our future. An engineer by background and decades-long financial services insider, I love diving into the domain-specific and technological nitty-gritty while also supporting founders in mapping out their high-level strategies and short- and long-term goals for success.
What do you do when you're not working with portfolio companies?
I'm a self-proclaimed gadget junkie and have custom programmed my household with every IoT device imaginable. As a lifelong inventor fascinated by how things work, it has been fun to teach my two kids the joys of tinkering -- whether it's with kinetic robotics or lines of code.
Articles by Schwark
The case for the middle-aged entrepreneurVentureBeat
Welcome Brightside to the Trinity FamilyMedium
This young lending startup just secured $70 million to lend $2 at a timeTechCrunch