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Varsha Rao

Former Head of Global Operations at AirBnB


Most recently Varsha was the Head of Global Operations for Airbnb where she oversaw a world-wide global operations team as well as customer service and trust and safety. She helped spearhead market expansion and growth through marketing, host acquisition, partnerships and in particular focused on growth in APAC. Previously she was Senior Vice President, International for LivingSocial and before that Vice President for Asia at LivingSocial.

She began her Internet career in 1998 when she co-founded and served as co-CEO for, the leading ecommerce retailer for beauty and accessories. In 1999, Fortune Magazine named as the 6th Best e-commerce site and was sold in early 2000.

She has also held senior roles at Gap Inc. serving as VP/General Manager for and Singtel. Varsha received her BS/BA in Economics/Math from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School with Distinction. She is an active mentor of entrepreneurs and lives in San Francisco