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Ed Tech Market Marches Forward with Koru

by Dan Levitan, Co-Founder & Partner Starting with our investment in Capella about a decade ago, Maveron has a history of investing in disruptive, high quality consumer-facing education businesses. We have built a deep network of executives and experts who help us understand underlying trends and unearth new opportunities in the post secondary education...read more

EARNEST AND THE RISE OF THE CONSUMER FINTECH BRAND

by Dan Levitan, Co-Founder & Partner For the past year or so, the hype cycle around innovation in financial services squarely centered on Bitcoin – the wild gyrations in price, unsavory characters running exchanges, massive currency speculation, and governments cracking down on it. The market seems to have forgotten – until now – that...read more

Welcome Brad

Today, we are welcoming Brad Hargreaves, the talented co-founder of General Assembly, to Maveron as a venture partner. From the time Maveron first invested in General Assembly in Fall 2011, the GA team has done a wonderful job building what has potential to be one of the most important education brands of the 21st...read more

Congrats to CourseHero

When we led the seed investment in CourseHero in 2010, we took the bet that its young CEO, Andrew Grauer, could lead his team in building a peer-to-peer marketplace that truly disrupted the studying experience for college students.  Over the past four years, Andrew has worked tirelessly to make this vision become a reality....read more

IF I ONLY HAD A HAMMER . . . WAIT, NOW WE DO!

Earlier today, Pro.com announced a $14 million Series A investment co-led by Maveron and our friends over at Madrona. With apologies to Tim Allen (even in his glory days on ABC), I think the home-improvement market has never been hotter. However, it’s not just a promising market opportunity that determines the next billion-dollar consumer...read more

Young and Restless! Our Jason Stoffer Named to the 40 Under 40 List at the Puget Sound Business Journal

  Many of Seattle’s most promising companies — including zulily (link) and Julep (link) — have shared a great ally during their entrepreneurial journey to build a game-changing consumer business: Maveron’s Jason Stoffer.  We have an incredible team at Maveron and  Jason’s a key part of it!  All of us at Maveron are thrilled...read more

Congratulations to Newsle!

By Rebecca Kaden and David Wu We’d like to say a big congratulations to our friends at Newsle, who today announced they were joining LinkedIn! When we first met Axel Hansen and Jonah Varon almost two years ago, we were incredibly impressed by their drive, talent, and scrappiness as they set out to build...read more

We’re New and Improved!

By David Wu Actually, it’s the website I’m talking about. Just as before, Maveron still concentrates exclusively on consumer-oriented venture capital. We’ve got a proven track record and we prize our trusted relationships with entrepreneurs. But as we celebrate our 16th anniversary as a firm, today we’re inaugurating a fresh online look that we...read more

The Importance of Having a Mentor in Business

By Dan Levitan, co-founder Maveron and Forbes Midas List Top Tech Investor I was in my 30’s before someone asked me for the first time why I didn’t have more mentors in my business. The question stuck with me and I realized how important it is. Here are some key reasons why every entrepreneur...read more

Congrats Julep!

By Jason Stoffer I first met Julep CEO Jane Park five years ago when Julep was a chain of physical nail salons in Seattle. Jane had the moxie and tenaciousness we look for in a great entrepreneurial CEO but her salon business was off thesis for us. So when Julep pivoted into an online...read more