And today, at 30 years old, Vardhana is the youngest partner at Maveron, the consumer-focused venture capital firm founded in 1998 by Dan Levitan and Howard Schultz.
She joined the firm in 2015 as a senior associate, after holding operations and product management roles at Google and several Silicon Valley-based startups. Initially, Vardhana tells CNBC Make It, she was skeptical of venture capital firms, because she "felt like a lot of the recognition in venture capital went to young white men who went to top-tier schools."
But, she says, "I soon learned from a bunch of friends and mentors in this space that the beauty of venture capital is that you can make it your own, and there is a lot of opportunity to learn and develop."
Vardhana shares her top three tips for anyone interested in building a successful career, in tech or any field: