We have partnered at the earliest stages with iconic consumer entrepreneurs over our 50 year history, starting with Atari in 1970 to Lyft, Poshmark, SolarCity, Grove Collaborative and Tonal today. We back consumer entrepreneurs that invent and reinvent massive industries with empathy, vision, and a keen focus on improving the lives of millions.
Get inspired by the journeys of entrepreneurs whose companies have become daily habits and uplifted consumers.
Gosh(Posh), It’s been a Ten Year Journey to Poshmark’s IPO
I first met Manish Chandra, Poshmark Co-founder and CEO, in 2004. We were both charter members ...
Transportation Will Change; Core Values Won’t at Lyft
When John Zimmer reflects on how good decisions about financial investments shaped the way Lyft has ...
How Tonal Became a Home Fitness Star
When his first start-up hit hard times in 2012, Aly Orady knew that if he ever ...
KiwiCo: Doing Well While Doing Good
Sandra Oh Lin knew it would be easy for venture capitalists to typecast her as a ...
Improving Planetary Health with Lyndon and Peter Rive and Elon Musk
Entrepreneurship was in the DNA of the founders of SolarCity (IPO in 2012, acquired by Tesla ...
Tim is an experienced investor and global executive. He has been twice named to the Forbes Midas list of Top Tech Investors and received the Gamification Summit award for Special Achievement. Tim’s venture capital experience includes leading investments at Norwest Venture Partners and Gabriel Venture Partners. His operational experience includes working in product management and engineering across Asia for Gateway, Inc., and General Motors. Tim holds an MBA with honors from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an MS and BS in Electrical Engineering/System Engineering from the University of Michigan. Tim is an accomplished musician, a reformed biohacker, and passionate about Body/Mind/Spirit wellness. He serves on the non-profit boards of Reimagine Death, and Gray Area Arts.Full Bio
Rishi co-leads Mayfield’s Consumer investment practice, after a career helping build many great consumer platforms.
As Global VP of Corporate Development and Strategy at Twitter, Rishi executed its most active M&A program, including the acquisitions of Periscope, TellApart, Niche, Zipdial, and others, greatly expanding Twitter’s technology and product platform.
As an early executive at Square, Rishi was the first Head of Corporate Development and earlier, served as Head of Strategic Partnerships, working across the company on a wide range of M&A and business development projects during the company’s hypergrowth phase.
Earlier, Rishi co-founded FanSnap, a leading venture-backed live event ticket search company acquired by Nextag. He also served in impactful Business Development roles at Google and MTV Networks. Rishi has been a personal investor and advisor to several companies including Opendoor, Netsil/Nutanix, and others.
A fan and sometimes practitioner of the improvisational arts, Rishi serves on the Board of Trustees of SF Jazz, and his passions include improv theater, food, independent film, Stanford sports, and economic policy.
Rishi received his MS in Industrial Engineering and a BA in Economics from Stanford University, and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.Full Bio
Rajeev Batra is an experienced investor and former enterprise software entrepreneur and executive. He helps lead Mayfield’s enterprise practice, focusing on Cloud and SaaS, and engages deeply with entrepreneurs on company building from the earliest stages. He was an Entrepreneur and Operator living and breathing Enterprise Software before entering Venture Capital. At Mayfield, he has had a front-row seat to the trend of SaaS growing from systems of record to systems of engagement/action, by partnering with the founders of industry leading companies such as Marketo, Outreach, ServiceMax, SmartRecruiters, Crunchbase, Skilljar and WideOrbit.
Rajeev has earned the reputation as the entrepreneur’s first call by practicing radical candor & transparency, empathy, trust and a high level of engagement. As a fervent believer of ”the more I learn, the less I know” maxim he is constantly looking to challenge the status quo starting with himself, and has witnessed that great things happen when people with diverse backgrounds, from different fields and ideas converge to solve big problems. The role of luck in one’s life is not lost on him either.
In partnering with entrepreneurs, Rajeev believes he has found his Ikigai (the Japanese concept of the reason for being), which is to help people. Having grown up with limited financial resources but abundant support from incredible parents and a world class education, Rajeev is a big advocate of “equalizing the playing field” by helping people everywhere gain access to opportunity and unleashing the human potential. Having a son with a life debilitating disorder, Mecp2 Duplication Syndrome, has only brought this life purpose together for Rajeev and his family. Having lived in 24 homes, 13 cities, 6 countries and 3 continents he has learned the power of thinking differently, grit, optimism, and empathy as core principles to creating a better world.
His operational experience includes working at startups and industry leaders in sales, marketing, product, and technical roles. Three of these companies went public and were later acquired: Siebel Systems, Scopus Technology, and Open Environment Corporation. He was also on the founding team of NetNumina Solutions, an IT consulting firm, which was acquired by Keane/NTT Data. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, where he serves on the Board of Visitors of the A. James Clark School of Engineering.
Rajeev has varying yet obsessive interests in Art, Design, History, Music, Evolution, Meditation, Food and Wine and is an ardent believer in the role of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and duality of most things in life.Full Bio