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ABOUT MAVEN VENTURES

Our Vision

To meaningfully improve consumers’ lives at scale by building valuable enterprises that achieve top 10% venture returns.

A Trusted Advisor at the Earliest Stage

Why Maven

Maven | \’mā-vən\ | (noun): a trusted expert, a mentor, one who seeks to pass on knowledge to others so that they may succeed.

Maven Ventures is the leading seed venture fund for emerging consumer software startups propelled by network effects and hypergrowth. The Maven team identifies future consumer trends that will change the way we communicate and live, then invests in great founders with a vision worth fighting for. We’ve already invested in what we foresee as some of the game-changing trends of the future like self-driving cars, novel marketplaces, and virtual reality.

Since many of the trends we look for are often unrecognized, we work with coachable founders at the earliest stages of launch to help define their vision. We also fund startups which have already raised a small Seed round and are experiencing initial traction, and need our help to scale the business. We teach founding teams how to reach product/market fit, hone their consumer messaging to grow to millions of customers, and achieve sustainable hypergrowth. Our team and roster of the best consumer growth mentors in the industry teach cutting-edge consumer growth techniques. We strive to be the most active and helpful Seed investors for all of our portfolio companies. Review the testimonials at the bottom of this page to hear directly from our founders.

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Working with Maven

We Aspire to Be:

  • Experts
  • Helpful
  • Easy to work with
  • Honest
  • Encouraging

Maven Ventures focuses on helping consumer startups achieve massive scale, which we define as millions of happy customers who love the product and need to use it every day. If you want to try to make a quick flip to Google or Facebook, Maven Ventures is not for you. If you want to build a lasting, billion-dollar consumer brand that will change the world in a positive way and delight millions of customers, then we would love to hear from you. Here’s what comes from partnering with Maven:

  • Up to $500,000 in Seed funding and consideration for follow-on investing.
  • Access to the Maven team: attend regular meetings with the Maven team for access to their expertise and support in the following areas:
    • Consumer growth techniques and customer acquisition
    • Marketing, messaging and PR
    • Product/market fit
    • Recruiting and hiring
    • CEO coaching
  • Exclusive mentor events: free, VIP access to the Hypergrowth Retreat and other events with the Maven mentor network.
  • Professional services: benefit from special Maven connections and introductions to leading tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon. Get access to Maven’s vetted list of service professionals to help with PR, messaging, recruiting, technology services, and more.
  • Fundraising advice: we advise and guide founders on all elements of fundraising. Instead of a demo day, we introduce you directly to relevant Maven limited partners and our network of trusted co-investors to close your Seed and subsequent rounds.
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Hypergrowth Retreat

Maven founded and hosts the Hypergrowth Retreat, bringing together portfolio companies, promising consumer startups, and the top minds in consumer growth for an immersive day of learning and networking. Retreat speakers know how to take a startup from growth to hypergrowth to billion dollar exit and share practical tips and tactics about consumer growth hacking, viral marketing, and network effects. Presenters at the 2016 Retreat included growth experts from Google, Uber, Sequoia Capital, Facebook, Dropbox, and many more; see what they had to say on our blog. To be the first to hear about our next Hypergrowth Retreat, sign up for updates here.

How To Connect With Maven
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The best way to connect with us is through a mutual introduction. We place a high value on founders and companies that are referred and endorsed by people we know and trust. You can also apply for an opportunity to meet with us through AngelList.

We blog, speak, and post on social media frequently about what we are looking for in the startups we fund. Follow us, get to know us, and we encourage you to research the companies in our portfolio as well as what we’ve shared publicly on our investment thesis in our blog.

Testimonials

“Everything changed after we met Jim and Maven came on board. Jim helped us focus on our core strategy and articulate our unique vision — a fun, positive place to share your real self — and implement hyper-growth strategies. Since then, our growth has been explosive, reaching over 5M users in a year. Maven also went above and beyond to make critical intros to our most strategic investors in our $8.5M Series A round.”

John Shahidi
Co-Founder and CEO, Shots

“We worked closely with the Maven Ventures team in their incubator from the initial idea and vision for Epic! through our Series A. Not only were they incredibly helpful in the early days as we launched the company, but their introductions to Series A investors and guidance through that process was invaluable in raising a successful round.”

Suren Markosian
Founder and CEO, Epic!

“Maven Ventures has been an exceedingly-helpful investor. Their background in consumer startups gives them great insight into our business, and their introductions have been spot on.”

Eric Romo
CEO and Co-Founder, AltspaceVR

“Jim Scheinman at Maven has been one of our strongest supporters and most trusted and helpful advisors. He has been a great sounding board on strategy, product vision, and fundraising.”

Kyle Vogt
Founder and CEO, Cruise

“Jim and the Maven team are true partners and go the extra mile to support Pley. Jim’s insight on the product was instrumental for our growth, we met some of our most valuable advisors through the Maven ecosystem and the Maven team has played an important role with investor introductions through our fundraising efforts.”

Ranan Lachman
CEO and Co-Founder, Pley

“Maven was our first investor and has provided essential support and advice along the way. The Maven team transformed our initial pitch with feedback and training, and we ultimately raised an oversubscribed Seed round from world-class investors.”

Joe Du Bey
Co-Founder and CEO, Eden

“Probably the best decision we made in 2008 was bringing Jim on board. He mentored us through the fundraising process and has always been an invaluable, highly dependable resource for us to build our company. Jim has reached out to his network and helped us with a jump start that as a young startup we could have only dreamed about.”

Vikas Gupta
Co-founder and CEO, SocialGold. Founder and CEO, Wonder Workshop.

“From the start, Jim was instrumental in helping us focus our strategy on becoming the leading mobile video call platform. His insights and expertise in consumer UI, viral marketing, & the smartphone market are invaluable, as are his incredible senior level contacts in both the industry and the venture capital community. He’s also great to work with.”

Uri Raz
CEO and Co-Founder, Tango

“Jim played an integral part in shaping Check and helping us grow into the mobile personal finance leader we are today. Jim brought consumer experience and helped us successfully raise financing at a high valuation. He has also done a terrific job of recruiting and hiring top talent to the team, including our new COO, the former GM of Yahoo Finance!”

Guy Goldstein
CEO and Founder, Check