Dan Levitan is the firm’s co-founder and managing member of both the General Partner and Maveron LLC, the Management Company. Since co-founding the firm with Howard Schultz 16 years ago, Levitan has led many of the firm’s successful investments, including zulily (NASDAQ:ZU), Trupanion (NYSE:TRUP), Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA), and Potbelly Corporation (NASDAQ:PBPB).
Forbes recently named Levitan to its Midas List—the magazine’s annual ranking of the top 100 VCs in the world.
He currently serves on the board of directors of PayNearMe, Pinkberry, Potbelly, and Trupanion, and recently led the Fund’s investment in Peach.
Prior to co-founding Maveron, Levitan spent 15 years in investment banking, focused primarily on consumer businesses. During his banking career, Levitan helped more than 100 companies go public, make strategic acquisitions or monetize the equity value they had created. Levitan met Howard Schultz in 1991, when Starbucks began planning for its IPO, and eventually helped the company go public.
Levitan has acted as a board member to numerous private, public and philanthropic organizations, including the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School, where he regularly acts as a judge and mentor in the annual New Venture Competition. He serves on the board of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation and is currently Chairman of Hope for Heroism, a charity that helps wounded Israeli combat soldiers.
Levitan is a graduate of Duke University (BA) and Harvard Business School (MBA).
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
1998 - Current (over 18 years)
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