Jules Maltz

Jules Maltz

Jules Maltz is a General Partner at IVP and led IVP's investments in Buddy Media (CRM), Checkr, Dropbox, Indiegogo, NerdWallet, Oportun, RetailMeNot (SALE), Slack, SteelBrick, TuneIn, Zendesk (ZEN), and Zenefits

Website: www.julesmaltz.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julesmaltz
Twitter: julesmaltz
San Francisco, California, United States
Accredited investor
Member since December 02, 2009
late-stage VC Quote_down
  • About
Investor interests
Type of investor Accelerator
Typical investment size More than $2.5M
Typical investments in a year 2
Categories of interest
Locations of interest
Credentials Accredited Investor, Qualified Purchaser
Investments made Marketo, Twitter, Yext, Buddy Media
2001 Yale , BA , Economics
2008 Stanford , MBA

I am a(n):


My favorite startups:

Twitter, Dropbox

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

The pace of change is both frustrating and rewarding. Once you get to know a sector, things change rapidly and your knowledge becomes obsolete. It's this constant birth and death of technology that creates opportunities for new startups and makes the job rewarding.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Not focusing. Less is more when you're starting a business. I hate the check mark slide where a startup says they will win because they will do everything (while big companies only do one piece). Startups win by doing one thing - and doing it really well. Once you get big, you can diversify your product offering.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

I'm not an entrepreneur. I just like spending time with them

Full bio

Jules Maltz joined IVP in August 2008 and has over ten years of venture capital and startup experience. He focuses on later-stage venture investments in rapidly-growing Internet and software companies. Jules was recognized by AlwaysOn as one of the top 100 venture capitalists by his inclusion in the AlwaysOn 2012 and 2013 VC 100 List and by GrowthCap as #2 on the GrowthCap Top 40 Under 40 Growth Investors List.

Jules led IVP's investments in Buddy Media (CRM), Checkr, Dropbox, Indiegogo, NerdWallet, Oportun, RetailMeNot (SALE), Slack, SteelBrick, TuneIn, Zendesk (ZEN), and Zenefits, and was actively involved in sourcing investments in Marketo (MKTO), Spiceworks, Twitter (TWTR), and Yext. Jules currently serves on the Board of Directors of Indiegogo, NerdWallet, Oportun, RetailMeNot (SALE), TuneIn, and Yext.

Prior to IVP, Jules worked for 3i, a leading global venture capital firm.  He evaluated early and later-stage Internet, mobile, and software investments, and he completed transactions for companies such as BlueLithium, Fotolog, Omniture (ADBE), and Trovix. Jules also worked in business development for AdMob, a mobile advertising provider, and co-founded AdNectar, a social media advertising startup. Earlier in his career, Jules was in technology investment banking with Robertson Stephens and Bank of America Securities.

Jules serves on the National Advisory Council for Techbridge, a nonprofit that empowers girls from underserved communities to realize their dreams through science, technology, and engineering. 

Jules has an M.B.A. from Stanford University, where he was a Siebel Scholar and an Arjay Miller Scholar.  He also graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.