Karim Gillani

General Partner
Luge Capital

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Karim has an extensive background in fintech, mobile tech, engineering, finance and
strategy. He is currently the Co-Founder and General Partner at Luge Capital, a
fintech-focused venture capital fund with $85M under management. Prior to Luge,
Karim led Corporate Development and M&A activities for PayPal in Canada. Before that,
Karim started the Corporate Development practice at Xoom, a leading cross-border
remittance company that went public on the NASDAQ in 2013 and was subsequently
acquired by PayPal in 2015 for USD $890M. Prior to Xoom, Karim led M&A and strategic
investments for BlackBerry in Silicon Valley. Karim was also responsible for establishing
BlackBerry’s largest partnerships, and he developed the company’s overall strategy for
mobile payments and commerce, including NFC payments, P2P and App World. Karim
spent several years working for Redknee Solutions in the UK where he designed telecom
network infrastructure, including mobile money solutions, for operators in East Africa
and Western Europe.
Karim has a BASc in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, an
MSc in Finance and Economic Policy from the University of London and an LLM Master
of Laws from the University of Toronto. Karim is a Charter Member of the C100, a Board
Advisor for Village Capital and a member of the Fintech Advisory Committee for the
Ontario Securities Commission.

Karim is attending / has attended:

Venture Summit | West 2019
The 2019 New York Venture Summit
Venture Summit Virtual Connect | Global 21

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