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Youniversity Ventures

Youniversity Ventures is an early-stage venture investment group founded by Jawed Karim, co-founder of YouTube. The team also includes Kevin Hartz and Keith Rabois.

According to its website, the fund “is focused on former and current students at Stanford University and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.” Illinois being Karim’s alma mater, with the other two founders hailing from Stanford.

Kevin Hartz co-founded of Eventbrite and Xoom Corporation, an international money transfer company where he also served as CEO. Keith Rabois serves on Xoom’s board and currently leads strategy for Slide as Vice President of Business Development. Slide’s founder, Max Levchin, also graduated from Illinois, where he co-founded PayPal and enlisted many of its employees from the school.

Keith served as PayPal’s Executive Vice President, and is the only person who owns equity in every VC-financed startup founded by PayPal’s former employees. Kevin was an early investor of PayPal, mounting up his relationship with Illinois alums as well.

Recent Milestones

Investments

Company Date Round Size Participants
Airbnb 11/2010Series A$7.2M7
Milo 11/2009Series A$4M17
Airbnb 4/2009Seed$600k2
Milo 11/2008Seed$950k8

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  1. Airbnb Press Release, Nov. 11, 2010 (marketwire.com) [edit]
  2. Milo, a Site to Help People Shop Offline, Attracts Investors (bits.blogs.nytimes.com) [edit]
  3. Sequoia Capital (venturebeat.com) [edit]
  4. Online Comparison Startup Milo Shops for Cash (pehub.com) [edit]
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