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Current Role:
Founder & CEO
Maven Ventures
Past Role:
Former Founder & CEO, Maven Ventures
VP, Board Member and First Employee Bebo
VP Friendster; SVP NBCi
Expertise:
Product
Strategy & M&A
User Acq. & Engagement

Industry:
Consumer & Mobile

Jim Scheinman

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.

WIN Teams:
  • Consumer / Mobile

Jeremy Schneider

Managing Director
jJeremy Schneider joined WIN as a Senior Associate in January, 2011. In October 2016, he was promoted to Managing Director. Prior to WIN, Jeremy was a Senior Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in San Francisco, where he focused on technology companies and worked in the Private Equity Group. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College, where he majored in History. He has a Master’s degree in Economic and Social History from The University of Oxford, where he was a Clarendon Scholar. Jeremy grew up in the Bay Area and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with entrepreneurs and to immerse himself in the world of start-ups.

Dena Porter

Business Operations Manager

WINteamHeadshotsDPDena brings more than a decade of ‘behind-the-scenes’ productivity and organizational knowledge to the fast-flowing stream of information and infrastructure at WIN. She has held positions in Silicon Valley start-ups fusionOne and Baynote and has teamed with Maynard for years at eBay, LiveOps and now WIN. Dena is fascinated by all things technology keeping her in tune with WIN’s existing and prospective portfolio companies.