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Maria Selby
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Maria Selby

Maria has over 21 years of experience in the leadership of marketplace, e-commerce, digital media, and technology businesses. She brings broad, international experience and has scaled companies from $2 million to $100 million in 18 months.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariamollandselby
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mmolland
NYC and Chattanooga, TN
Accredited investor
Member since April 27, 2017
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Entrepreneur, investor, and board member. investing and advising around the future of e-commerce, marketplaces, AI, and the sharing economy. Quote_down
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Type of investor Angel
Typical investment size Under $25,000 $25,000 - $50,000
Typical investments in a year 1
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Credentials Accredited Investor
Activity
Investments made business of fashion nutmeg
Board seats american swan luxury society Readycart
Advisory positions Nutmeg Dn Capital
Education
2002 Harvard Business School , MBA
1996 Northwestern University , BA , Economics

I am a(n):

Entrepreneur

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Achievements (products built, personal awards won):

Growing Fab Europe from $2 million to $100 million in revenue in 18 months

Leading the strategy and launch of Splacer tools

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:

Airbnb, Warby Parker, Casper, 23andme, Hotel Tonight

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

Frustrating...Wanting to see fantastic results from day 1 and it never happens. Start up life is a total rollercoaster.
Rewarding...Seeing a random stranger using your product and raving about how it has changed her life for the better.

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What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

Hiring the wrong people

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

1. Slow steady growth...It's a marathon, not a sprint.
2. Focus is key. Shiny objects can kill a great business.
3. Hire for what you need right now. Not for what you need in 2 years.

Full bio

Maria has over 21 years of experience in the development and leadership of marketplace, e-commerce, digital media, and technology businesses. She brings broad, international experience and has scaled companies from $2 million to $100 million in 18 months.

 

In past roles, Maria was an advisor to eBay's CEO as well as Chief European Officer at Fab.com.  At Fab.com, she was responsible for leading the European business, which served 25 countries in Europe with websites and mobile apps in both English and German.

 

Prior to Fab, Maria has held global executive roles at companies like Thomson Reuters, Dow Jones, Yahoo, and Disney. She was also a Venture Partner at DN Capital, a venture capital firm based in London.

 

Recently, Maria was the co-founder of Splacer, a venture backed marketplace dubbed the “Airbnb for events and services”, with a presence in NYC, SF, LA, Miami, and soon to expand in more cities across the US and Europe.

 

Maria received her BA in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Northwestern University and her MBA from Harvard Business School.