Maria Molland

Maria Molland

Consumer Tech and Brand Building Executive and Entrepreneur, Board Member, and Advisor

NYC and Bay Area, CA
Accredited investor
Member since April 27, 2017
  • About
Investor interests
Type of investor Angel
Typical investment size Under $25,000 $25,000 - $50,000
Typical investments in a year 1
Categories of interest
Locations of interest
Credentials Accredited Investor
Investments made business of fashion, nutmeg
Board seats american swan, luxury society, Readycart
Advisory positions Nutmeg, Dn Capital
2002 Harvard Business School , MBA
1996 Northwestern University , BA , Economics

I am a(n):


Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Companies I work or worked for:, eBay, Thomson Reuters, Disney, Goldman Sachs, Dow Jones, Yahoo, Volpe Brown Whelan
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're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, 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.


What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators 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

Consumer Tech and Brand Building Executive and Entrepreneur, Board Member, and Advisor

23 years of experience in the global leadership and development of consumer brands at the intersection of fashion, health and wellness, sustainability, and digital media.

• Substantial leadership, brand and digital marketing, strategy, business development, product innovation, merchandising, and supply chain experience.
• Brand storytelling through experiential marketing/retail, video, images, podcasts, and text that capture consumers attention and convey an inspirational and educational message.
• International experience in the US, Asia, and Europe.
• Hired and led teams of over 600 people.

Public and private board experience.