Varun Agarwal

Entrepreneur | Filmmaker | Bestselling Author


Author of national bestseller How I Braved Anu Aunty & Co-founded a Million Dollar Company, founder and CEO of Mento, India’s first celebrity driven micro-learning Ed-tech platform, Varun Agarwal is a first generation entrepreneur, filmmaker, author and a teacher.

His first job started from being a filmmaker for short films and he received a lot of appreciation for his YouTube channel. He made India’s first viral video, a music video for the rock band Pentagram in 2007 which received 3 lakh hits.

Varun has co-founded three companies - Alma Mater, an e-Commerce company, Reticular, a social media marketing company and Last Minute Films, a production company for online video content.

At the age of 22 in 2009, Varun started Alma Mater along with his friend and within 3 years the company grew to a million dollars in revenue. The company has worked with over 3000 schools/colleges in 200 different cities and towns, making it India's largest company for customized school and college merchandise.

At the age of 22, he published his book How I Braved Anu Aunty & Co-founded a Million Dollar Company, which went on to sell over 500,000 copies and is currently being adapted into a Bollywood film titled ‘Bas Karo Aunty’ by Nitesh Tiwari and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur. The book was among Amazon’s Top 5 best selling books.

Based on his book, he teamed up with stand-up comedian Sanjay Manaktala to create a music video ‘Anu Aunty, Engineering Anthem’.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

  • As a filmmaker , Varun Agarwal has directed the likes of A. R Rahman and Preity Zinta for music videos with over a million views on YouTube. 
  • Varun has also been featured on the cover of Forbes, The New York Times, The Times of India, BuzzFeed, The Hindu as well as on the CNBC Young Turks Show.

Why Varun Agarwal ?

With a journey so inspiring yet very relatable, Varun’s story is no less than a movie. Varun’s professional trajectory—from making YouTube videos to becoming a successful entrepreneur and author—is inspiring. As a public speaker, he has given over 750 talks in 8 different countries at top colleges and corporations like Google, EY, Deloitte, Unilever. His talks and videos have been seen by over 10 million people globally and have a following of over half a million people.

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