Hope after the Coronavirus Pandemic: Are These 10 New Consumer Behaviors Here To Stay?

by Jim ScheinmanMarch 27, 2020

Due to the danger of the global spread of the Coronavirus, we’re all feeling under siege, trapped, and no longer free to do what we want. The necessary extreme measures required to control the spread [...]

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10 Consumer Trends That Will Spark Innovation In 2020

by Sara DeshpandeJanuary 16, 2020

As we head into a new year and a new decade, the pace of innovation and technology adoption has never been higher. Consumer attitudes and interests are changing just as rapidly. Here are ten areas [...]

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Maven Ventures Closes $65M Fund III to Keep Predicting and Funding Billion-Dollar Tech Startups

by Sara DeshpandeSeptember 25, 2019

Today, we’re incredibly excited to announce that we’ve closed Maven Ventures Fund III, an oversubscribed $65M seed-stage venture fund to continue investing in big consumer trends. Read more about our plans for Fund III in today's [...]

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Where did Zoom come from?

by Jim ScheinmanApril 13, 2019

I suspect that after all the press Zoom is getting for their successful IPO, if you’ve [...]

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Four Levers to Optimize your Funding Round

by Sara DeshpandeFebruary 6, 2019

Too many founders optimize their fundraising based on a single metric: valuation. Of course, I understand where this comes from, and the [...]

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Bold Prediction: Consumers Will Become Comfortable with Fully Driverless Cars and Get More Access to AV Rides

by Jim ScheinmanJanuary 13, 2019

In 2019 we will see the first driver-free autonomous vehicles (“AV”) open to the general public without a human operator in the car. In 2018, the autonomous vehicle industry experienced some major advances, while also [...]

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VC & Founder Philanthropy, ‘Silicon-Valley-Style’

by Jim ScheinmanDecember 17, 2018

During the holidays and season of giving, I’ve been reflecting on the special opportunities that we have as GPs in VC firms to support our portfolio founders as they embark on their journeys of community [...]

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Welcome: Alexa Binns Joins Maven Ventures

by Jim ScheinmanSeptember 28, 2018

Last spring, we announced we were on the hunt for a new associate. Many thanks for all those who sent us recommendations and applied. Robert Ravanshenas's three years in the Maven Associate program have come [...]

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Maven Investment Themes: Where We’re Putting our Money Now

by Sara DeshpandeDecember 14, 2017

Our investment thesis at Maven is to identify emerging consumer trends and invest in software technology that transforms millions of lives. Here are some of the areas we’re exploring right how. If you’re starting an [...]

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How to Achieve Startup Hypergrowth, According to the Experts

by Robert RavanshenasNovember 21, 2017

We hosted Maven Ventures’ 2nd annual Hypergrowth Retreat last month to connect early stage founders from our portfolio and community to the top growth practitioners in Silicon Valley. After a full day of content, workshops, [...]

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Meet the Experts in Hypergrowth at the Maven Retreat

by Jim ScheinmanAugust 4, 2017

We’re excited to announce our second annual Hypergrowth Retreat on Thursday, October 5th, in the Presidio in San Francisco. We first hosted the retreat to connect early stage founders with the mentor/peer network and lessons [...]

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Friendster: Lessons from a Missed $400B Opportunity

by Jim ScheinmanMay 11, 2017

One of the important lessons I’ve learned over the past 20 years of startup life is that if you’re going to become a tech entrepreneur or investor, expect to fail. Like most folks, I don’t [...]

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