Karlin Ventures is an
early-stage venture capital
fund based in Los Angeles.

Karlin Ventures is an early-stage venture capital fund based in Los Angeles.

Jobs Created
Total Follow on Capital
Business Sectors
6 exits
Jobs Created
Total Follow on Capital
Business Sectors
9 marketplace
17 enterprise
6 commerce
8 other

We are value-add partners helping entrepreneurs who take contrarian approaches to create impactful solutions to big, interesting problems. Karlin Ventures is an affiliate of Karlin Asset Management, a private investment firm managing over $1.4 billion of unleveraged equity capital.

Speed. Commitment. Connections.
Given that we have a single LP, we are extraordinarily nimble and responsive. We make quick investment decisions, and typically get back to entrepreneurs within 1 – 2 weeks.
We are long-term partners with the resources to support our portfolio companies in their subsequent funding rounds. In addition, as entrepreneurs ourselves, we want to see every company succeed and go out of our way to offer needed support in any way we can.
We have deep connections through our larger investment fund and its affiliates. Also, we maintain close relationships with the leading venture funds both in Southern California and Silicon Valley, and are always willing to syndicate investment opportunities with them.
Our Investment Criteria


Focus on enterprise software, commerce platforms and marketplaces but are open to exciting ideas in other verticals.


Typical investments range from $250,000 to $2,000,000. Prefer co-investor roles and will participate in follow-on rounds.


U.S.-based companies, preferably on the West Coast.

Business model

Proof-of-concept in place (post-revenue or with secured contracts). Requiring less than $5,000,000 and three years to reach break-even point.



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The Team


TX Zhuo

Managing partner

TX is the Managing Partner of Karlin Ventures and has been involved in the startup space since his college days. He started an online textbook retail company while in college, served as the CFO for an electric vehicle startup, Lit Motors, and worked for Innovation Endeavors, a seed stage venture fund backed by Eric Schmidt. Prior to Innovation Endeavors, TX worked for McKinsey & Co in their London office where he was part of their financial institutions and consumer goods practices. TX received a M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics (summa cum laude) from Wesleyan University. TX is also an Associate of Chartered Accountants (U.K.) affiliate.

Arteen Arabshahi

Senior Associate

Arteen has always had the entrepreneurial bug. Before joining the team at Karlin Ventures, Arteen spearheaded the launch of Built In LA, an online community for digital entrepreneurs and innovators. Prior to Built In LA, his passion for startups flourished while helping run operations at Excelerate Labs, now Techstars Chicago. Arteen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona with a BSBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Erin Shipley

Senior Associate

Erin joined Karlin in 2015 from The Weinstein Company, where she structured financial products for the studio and worked on developing strategic initiatives across film, television, music and digital groups. Prior to The Weinstein Company, Erin worked for Deutsche Bank in its Middle East headquarters in Dubai. She received her BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Emerging Market Venture Initiation with a minor in Entrepreneurship.

David Traversi

CEO, Traversi Capital Advisors

David M. Traversi is the Chief Executive Officer of Traversi Capital Advisors, LLC, a boutique strategic advisory and investment banking firm based in San Francisco. Previously, he has been a business lawyer, a partner with the investment banking firm of Montgomery Securities, a chief executive of several financial services and IT companies, and a founder of five start-ups. David is also the author of The Source of Leadership: Eight Drivers of the High-Impact Leader (New Harbinger Publications, 2007), and a frequent speaker on leadership and business. He has also served on the boards of a number of private and public companies. He has an M.B.A. degree (Honors) from Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley; a J.D. degree from University of California, Davis; and a B.S. degree (Highest Distinction) in Finance from California State University, Chico.

David A. Cohen

CEO, Karlin Asset Management

David is the Co-Founder of Karlin Real Estate and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Karlin Asset Management, which he founded in 2005. David has over 20 years of experience in principal investing, real estate, private equity, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. David held a variety of senior executive positions with Dole (NYSE) and Pacific Holdings, which is comprised of over 25 operating companies and had revenues of over $7 billion. He also served as a Principal in an alternative investment firm with assets of more than $16 billion (acquired by Blackrock). David holds a Master's Degree in Finance with honors from Cambridge University and attended graduate school at Sydney University (Australia) as a Rotary Foundation Scholar, and holds a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Sciences summa cum laude from Boston University.