Dan is our managing partner, our co-founder, and our institutional memory. Since starting the firm with Howard Schultz, he’s been the key player on many of Maveron’s home runs, including zulily most recently. Dan came to venture capital in an unconventional way.
Back in the 1980s and 1990s, he was an investment banker in New York. He met Howard Schultz and helped the Starbucks team accomplish their blockbuster IPO. Wanting to partner more with entrepreneurs and seeking a professional adventure, Dan headed West in 1998 and launched Maveron with Howard. Along the way, he’s climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Rainer and found a mentor in Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. Indeed, it’s Krzyzewski who has taught Dan the central lesson of Maveron’s consumer-focused success: always ask “Do you love your team?” Dan does— his colleagues, his investors and most of all, his entrepreneurs. And they love him back, too.
Dan currently serves on the boards of Earnest, PayNearMe, Peach, Pinkberry, Potbelly (NASDAQ: PBPB), Pro.com, Trupanion (NYSE: TRUP), the Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School, where he acts as a judge in the annual New Venture Competition. He also is chair of Brothers for Life, a charity that helps wounded Israeli combat soldiers. Recognizing Dan’s leadership, Forbes recently named him to its Midas List—the magazine’s annual ranking of the top 100 VCs in the world.
Dan is a graduate of Duke and the Harvard Business School.
Once upon a time—circa kindergarten—Jason aspired to be the world’s greatest veterinarian. Alas, that didn’t work out, fortunately for us, he found another line of work. Today, he’s a partner in our Seattle office, concentrating on investments in education, e-commerce, and Web-enabled consumer businesses.
Jason joined Maveron in 2007 after a pioneering role in online education. At Career Education Corp., he co-founded and led admissions and marketing for IADT Online, a for-profit design school and wholly owned Career Ed subsidiary. Earlier, he was an associate at Spinnaker Ventures, an expansion-stage venture capital fund.
With both operational proficiency and a keen eye for talent, Jason has sourced and been actively involved in a range of Maveron investments—including Julep, General Assembly, Everlane and CourseHero. He currently serves on the boards of Dolls Kill, General Assembly and Julep, and previously was on the board of zulily. He also was involved in the incubation of Lively, where he currently is a Board Observer. Jason is a mentor for TechStars and the ImagineK12 Accelerator, and he regularly speaks at conferences, including the Venture Capital in Education Summit, LeadsCon, the Industry Summit of the SIIA, and Silicon Valley Comes to the UK.
Jason got his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan (feel free to ask him about his beloved Wolverines football team) and his MBA from Wharton.
If you want to appreciate dedication and devotion, just watch triathlete Clayton go about training for one of his Ironman competitions. It looks punishing—but he calls it “invigorating.” It is Clayton’s intensity that has so often helped others achieve their potential, first in electoral politics and then in rapidly scaling businesses.
We initially recruited Clayton in 2007 to be CEO of Kinetix, one of our health-and-wellness portfolio companies. His leadership resulted in the successful sale of the business. Today, he leads our health-and-wellness sector. Recently, Clayton partnered with Dr. Lee Hood as the interim CEO of a new wellness company Maveron is backing that will transform how people think about health. In addition, he sits on the boards of Koru, NextFoods, and Lively and worked closely with the teams at Trupanion and Julep.Clayton has an extensive background in driving operations and a strong track record of returns, serving as president and chief operating officer of HouseValues (Market Leader) where he directed revenue growth from $48 million to $98 million in two years, while generating $35 million in net cash from operations during which time the company went public. Prior to HouseValues.com, he was part of the executive team that took Onvia public, raising $240 million and completing five acquisitions in less than two years.
Earlier in his career, Clayton worked in national politics. On Capitol Hill, he was chief of staff to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of New York; he also managed several high-profile campaigns. He is active in supporting an array of community organizations in the Seattle area, currently serving as a trustee for Harborview Medical Center.
Clayton holds a degree in business from the University of Washington, where he was elected president of the student government.
Not so long ago, in 1990 upon college graduation, David went exploring. He built his own houseboat and rafted it down the Mississippi. A few years later, he merged his sense of adventure with musicality when he toured as a professional bass player. David displays the same spirit and energy to his current 20-year career as an entrepreneur, tech executive and angel.
David joined Maveron’s San Francisco office in 2012 to help identify new investments in Web companies that have the potential to become leading consumer brands. He sourced and led our investment in August Home and led our investments in Eargo and Darby Smart. He serves on their boards. David appreciates what it’s like to be in the shoes of innovators —and you’ll often find him coaching entrepreneurs at top Bay Area incubators such as Y Combinator, AngelPad, 500 Startups, and Stanford’s StartX. His close ties to the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial community have led him to invest personally in nearly 30 start-ups, including Practice Fusion, Postmates, SeatMe, Beautylish, and Tile.
He began his tech career writing C++ code at Scitor and Synopsys. He subsequently spent a decade as an executive at Homestead Technologies, where he helped the company grow to more than 400,000 paying subscribers before its acquisition by Intuit. He then managed varied Intuit businesses. It was a great gig, but David missed being around entrepreneurs. That’s why he became so active as an angel and ultimately a partner at Maveron.
A Bay Area native, David holds degrees in electrical engineering and economics from Stanford.
Pete joined us as administrative partner in 2000, bringing nearly two decades of experience in managing organizations and using his legal skills to help companies solve their trickiest problems. At Maveron, he guides the structuring of both portfolio investments and exits, as well as assists portfolio companies on special projects. He is also responsible for managing relationships and communications with our limited partners. On occasion, Pete will take a board seat with one of our portfolio companies.
Prior to Maveron and during his legal career, Pete was a partner and director of the Seattle law firm, Graham & Dunn. He is past president of the Western Washington Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In 1998, he received the Professionalism Award from the Washington State Bar Association’ Young Lawyers Division.
Pete is a graduate of the University of Washington, from which he received his bachelor’s degree in economics and his law degree, both with honors. He loves sports, both as a spectator and a participant; we leave it to you to decide which he does more of these days.
Rebecca joined the team in 2011, back when she was earning her MBA at Stanford, studying leadership and entrepreneurship. A partner in our San Francisco office, she joined full-time when she graduated the following year. In 2015, Forbes named Rebecca to its annual list of top “30 under 30” in venture capital, and Craig Newmark named Rebecca one of “5 Women Investors You Need to Know.”
In her role at Maveron, Rebecca identifies emerging consumer-focused entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, Southern California, and her hometown of New York City. She also plays a leading role in our seed program, where we partner with emerging consumer companies at their earliest stages. She’s a Board Observer at Aria, August, Darby Smart, Dolls Kill and General Assembly.
In a prior life, Rebecca was a journalist—for the Economist in London and as special projects editor at Narrative, an online literary platform devoted to bringing great literature into the digital age. At Narrative, in her addition to her editorial responsibilities, she was in charge of driving revenue and scaling the user base. Now she brings her skills and passion for understanding how stories come together to looking at the potential of breakout consumer brands.
Rebecca earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard. Outside Maveron, her passions include great novels, tennis, traveling, and skiing.
Brad is our newest venture partner, joining the firm in November 2014. Brad joins us from General Assembly, where he co-founded the company and was critical in building GA into the leading provider of new economy skills to both consumers and enterprises and an emerging global education brand.
In both his entrepreneurial pedigree and his vision, Brad is the ideal person to amplify our consumer-only venture capital brand with entrepreneurs in New York City and nationally. He’s an early-stage entrepreneur at heart: He simply can’t get enough of being involved in building new brands and businesses. In addition to co-founding General Assembly, Brad has created other products and companies that bridge the online and offline worlds, including GoCrossCampus and Aloysius Properties. Prior to cofounding GA, Brad was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Tipping Points Partners, which is an early-stage investor and incubator in the TriBeCa section of Manhattan.
Brad graduated from Yale in 2008, where he cofounded the first university-run entrepreneurship initiative — as well as majored in, of all things, molecular biology. He’s been named to Vanity Fair’s “The Next Establishment,” Inc.’s “30 Under 30,” and Business Insider’s “Silicon Alley 100.” In his spare time, Brad writes about entrepreneurship, New York City and life at http://bhargreaves.com.
Howard is the chairman, president and CEO of Starbucks. In addition to his many accomplishments as the leader of Starbucks since 1987, he co-founded Maveron with Dan Levitan, our managing partner in 1998. From the beginning, Howard’s breadth—as innovator, executive, corporate conscience, and visionary in the consumer sector—has been invaluable to Maveron and the entrepreneurs it serves. He has made a significant investment in all Maveron funds, and has served on the boards of portfolio companies eBay, Potbelly, Pinkberry, and drugstore.com, among others.