Anu Atluru

Anu Atluru

I mostly enjoying making things. Sometimes that's products and other times it's art, of a few kinds. I’m building Slang, a consumer product studio. I write essays on my blog, Working Theorys.


I love ideas, products, art, and thinking about why people do what they do on most days.

My recent work has been as a startup founder, operator, and angel investor. Before Slang, I was the first business hire & first Head of Community at Clubhouse, where I built several functions from scratch and helped scale from thousands to millions of users globally.

I’m also an M.D. — previously a resident physician in Emergency Medicine at Harvard / Mass General Hospital and a healthtech founder. I love the arts — I’ve dabbled in film, fashion, music & comedy. I stayed in school at The University of Texas & Harvard Business School.


I write aspirationally weekly on my blog, Working Theorys. I share original ideas on consumer-ish tech, creative work, and the art of ambition. I occasionally collaborate with other writers & publications.

If my writing is new to you, try one of my popular essays below.
Rise of the Silicon Valley Small Business
One-Round Wonder
Status Limbo
Pursuits That Can't Scale
The Era of Social Utility

Don't Build Habits, Build Rituals

Love the Mission or Love the Game
What I Learned at Clubhouse


I enjoy supporting early-stage startups, with a bias towards consumer (especially social, media, gaming, work, and health). I'm also interested in startups that serve the startup ecosystem and capital-light, profit-focused startups. I'm part of First Round's Angel Track community.

Some teams I've supported include: BeReal, Clubhouse, Peachy, Slay, Station, Sush, Teleport, & Trace.


Reach out about my work, writing, or interesting ways to work together.
As an FYI, I generally prefer to communicate async first rather than taking intro calls.