Jim Scheinman

Jim Scheinman

Entrepreneur, Founder, Investor, Bebo ($850M sale), NBCi ($350M), Social Gold ($100M), Friendster, Tango, Check, Banjo. TED Speaker. Founder & CEO of Maven Ventures MicroVC & Growth Labs

Website: http://mavenventures.com/
Los Altos Hills, California, United States
Accredited investor
Member since January 28, 2013
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Investor interests
Type of investor Incubator Seed Fund Early stage VC
Typical investment size $100k - $250k
Typical investments in a year 10
Categories of interest
Locations of interest
School/Associations of interest
Stanford, Duke, Harvard
Credentials Accredited Investor
Investments made Tango, Bebo, Pageonce, social gold, katango, check, banjo
Board seats Bebo
1988 Duke , BS , NeuroScience
1995 King Hall School of Law, UC Davis , JD , JD

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Full bio

Jim Scheinman has spent the last 20 years of his career as an Entrepreneur in one capacity or another.  He’s been a founder, executive, angel investor, attorney, mentor capitalist and venture capitalist at many successful Silicon Valley consumer startups.  In January 2013, Jim launched Maven Ventures Growth Labs and Venture Fund in Palo Alto to tap into the massive trend of the groundswell of entrepreneurship; and to scale his successful angel investing business, Maven Ventures, which he founded in late 2008.  Four of his ten investments since 2008 have achieved successful exits and four others are doing extremely well, like Tango which has over 100M members. Jim was one of the early pioneers of social networking as one of the first employees and the head of BD & sales at the first social networking site, Friendster. In 2005, Jim left Friendster to join co-founders Michael & Xochi Birch to launch Bebo as the first employee and Board member. At Bebo, he was integral in launching the site, raising the venture round, leading the strategy and its eventual sale to AOL for $850M in 2008. Jim has a BSc in Neuropsychology from Duke University and earned a JD at the University of California Davis School of Law.  Jim gave a TED talk in Long Beach in 2012 and serves as a speaker and startup competition judge at many consumer startup conferences.