Founder Amplification

As a founder-first firm, we are committed to amplifying your vision and accelerating your success. Our focused approach dictates that we only invest in a handful of companies every year, ensuring that every company counts. From the minute we sign the term sheet, you become a member of the Mayfield family. Your journey starts with your engaged board member who works with you to assess your needs. This is followed by partnering with our team of seasoned company builders who are familiar with the key stages of a start-up’s journey. We bring a craftsperson approach to your acceleration playbook, tailoring programs to suit your specific situation. We supplement our expertise with a network of ninjas with whom we have preferred relationships. By following a methodical and proven flywheel of success, vs disconnected one offs, our founders attest to the value-add of our platform.

Accelerate your Path from Ideation to Escape Velocity

The Mayfield Value-Add Platform, or MVP, caters to the unique needs of inception and early-stage companies, providing support in a few key areas including talent, marketing, business development, operations, and follow-on financing. Over the last three years, 50+ portfolio companies have already leveraged the platform to accelerate their path from ideation to escape velocity. Since January 2021, this includes:

  • 1500+ introductions to corporate buyers and growth stage investors
  • Assistance with 300+ hires ranging from individual contributor to executive level
  • 100+ networking events

The Mayfield Value-Add Platform’s objective is helping you go from zero to one, including:

Getting Started
We have an extensive network of partners who are here to help you navigate through finance and operations-related questions as you grow. This can range from fractional hires, to legal assistance, to office space, to cloud compute. Our best of breed experts and service providers are only an introduction away.

Building Your Team
We believe that human capital is your most valuable asset. -and Mayfield’s people function is your partner in helping you attract and retain early talent. We partner with you on CEO and executive skill-building, augmenting your employment brand, and bringing early hires onboard.

Communicating Your Vision
We believe that storytelling is the foundation for an effective leader. The ability to simply communicate your vision, mission, values, product offering, and differentiation of your company is key. To that end, we get hands on with your narrative arc and connect you to the right contacts to expand your PR footprint.

Accelerating Early Customer Growth
We believe that achieving product market fit and generating the right kind of market traction is crucial for inception stage startups to begin scaling. Our business development team helps to ensure you’re approaching the right customers in the right verticals and connects you to early design partners

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Our proven process includes:

  1. Initial Setup: Get started with curated partner recommendations for services ranging from legal, to office space, to outsourced HR, to fractional CFOs.
  2. Your Team, Beyond Founders: Your first few hires will define your culture, and impact your outlook, growth, and future referrals. Get trained on recruiting and building your early people infrastructure, including successfully making your first few foundational hires.
  3. Product-Market Discovery: Having a clear and concise value proposition will enable you to quickly bring a product to market that customers need. Work with our team to meet domain experts who will assist you with finding early product-market fit.
  4. Story-Market Fit: Before you’re ready for launch, you need to define your vision, mission, and positioning, including developing a strong POV. Story-Market Fit is our end-to-end process to articulate a memorable narrative that takes you from stealth to debut.
  5. Early Customer Access: Armed with a clear narrative and customer focus, meet early leads who can potentially sign on as design partners or customers.
  6. Follow-on Investment: After proving out your product thesis with early lighthouse customers, get warm introductions to potential follow-on investors in our network.

In addition, Mayfield has curated a powerful network of industry CXOs dedicated to collaborating with early-stage technology companies. In turn, members are provided with exclusive access to cutting-edge innovations and high-impact ventures.

Mayfield's CXO Network

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Our Perspective

Please see here for our latest peer-driven insights ranging from narrow topics on the latest tech, to broad discussions around leadership and industry trends.

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