Dan Levitan

CO-FOUNDER AND GENERAL PARTNER

“Dan is the Godfather of consumer.”

—Tim Brown, Co-CEO of Allbirds

Dan is our managing partner, co-founder, and tireless leader. Since starting the firm with Howard Schultz in 1998 (after helping the Starbucks team accomplish its blockbuster IPO as an investment banker in New York), Dan has been the person behind many of Maveron’s home runs.

Back in the day, Dan climbed mountains. He scaled both Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Rainier, climbing alongside a group of people who encouraged and supported each other to reach their goal. That’s not too bad of an analogy for Dan’s philosophy of working with our portfolio companies.

Dan found an unlikely mentor in Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. It was Krzyzewski who 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.

In addition to his work with Maveron companies, Dan serves on the board of 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.

Go-to app: Washington Post

Most impactful brand on your life: Starbucks

Last gift you gave: A kaleidoscope

Company that didn’t exist 5 years ago that has become essential to your life: Allbirds