Who We Are and Our Approach

Maynard Webb created the Webb Investment Network in 2010. WIN’s goal is to invest in companies that aim to change the world, particularly in the fields of cloud computing, enterprise software, mobile, marketplaces, e-commerce, crowdsourcing, and consumer Internet. With our Affiliate Network of 80+ technology executives, we draw not only from Maynard’s experience and insight but from those CEOs, CTOs, founders and investors who make up the WIN Affiliate Network to provide our portfolio companies with on-demand advice and support.

How we help:

WIN is focused on providing entrepreneurs with assistance across all areas of the startup lifecycle, including:

strategy_iconCoaching and mentorship on leading and growing a business.


networkAccess to our Network of seasoned entrepreneurs with a broad set of operational skills across technology, product, go-to-market, sales, marketing, business development, finance, operations, HR, M&A, and legal.

IntroductionIntroductions to customer or partner prospects through our Network’s deep relationships to C-level executives.

We are committed to the mandate that entrepreneurs can (“and typically should”) run their own companies. And because WIN has only one LP and a small and nimble investment team, we strive to make decisions quickly and efficiently, typically going from initial meeting to funding decision within a few weeks. In select instances, we can also go from initial meeting to funding within days.


As a seed fund, our primary goal is to identify and help build transformational companies. We work hand-in-hand with Entrepreneurs, other Angels and Venture Capitalists to provide as much leverage, expertise and assistance as possible. Our investment mandate is to deliver outstanding financial returns while also serving as a highly trusted advisor and partner to the companies we back. These are the values we practice and aspire to, and we are always working to be better at living them.

Core Values

expertise_iconExpertise: We work hard to deliver dramatic and meaningful impact. Through our own experience, and working with our community of successful founders and operators, we deliver relevant, actionable guidance and direction.
passion_iconPassion: We love what we do and we carry this enthusiasm and curiosity through all aspects of our work. 
integrity_iconIntegrity: We are professional, trustworthy and transparent. We treat everyone with respect and dignity, and we communicate clearly. We do what we say we will, and we work hard to earn your trust.
humility_iconHumility: We are inspired by entrepreneurs. We are privileged and humbled to have the opportunity to help talented people change the world.




quote icon small“Maynard Webb, and the entire WIN team, are pound for pound the best early stage investment partner to have. They care deeply about their entrepreneurs, and their missions, while sharing sage applied advice. The only thing they haven’t shared is their cloning machine which I know they have because every one of them responds to an inquiry with impeccable timing.”

Adam Ghetti, Founder and CEO, Ionic Security


quote icon small“WIN is one of the best investors that I have had the privilege of working with.  They have a unique combination of deep expertise, a tremendous network, genuine humility and a willingness to get their hands dirty.  Many investors want to be helpful, but WIN actually is.”

Bill Clerico, Co-Founder and CEO, WePay


quote icon small“Our MQLs (Maynard-Qualified Leads) have been the largest source of investor-sourced introductions to date.  Maynard and the entire team at WIN Funding have been there as key supportive advisors for our last 2 years and 2 further funding rounds as Kentik has planned and executed our growth strategies.”

Avi Freeman, Co-Founder and CEO, Kentik


quote icon small“Maynard has been instrumental to the growth of Okta since he invested in our angel round back in 2009, when we were just two guys with an idea. He believed in us and our vision when not many others did. Along the way we’ve been fortunate to benefit from his guidance, support and network, and his experience in scaling organizations has been invaluable!”

Frederic Kerrest, Co-Founder and COO, Okta


quote icon small“The WIN team is fantastic – they truly care for their founders and teams, and it shows in everything they do. WIN is always one of the first places I go when I need help, feedback or advice. They’re relentless advocates for their startups, and the reach of the affiliate network is astonishing. But, more than anything else, Maynard and his team are among the nicest people I know..”

Jay Srinivasan, Co-Founder of Appurify, Product Management at Google


quote icon small“Michael Neril and Jeremy Schneider (of Webb Investment Network) absolutely worked their posteriors off during our Series A raise.  Michael helped with intros and to strategize on all responses and how to position ourselves. Jeremy tirelessly worked through deck revisions, honing the message, comparing to other successful raise decks, etc.  I know this goes without saying, but they are good examples of how important it is that founders select investors that are going to make a material difference in their companies. Just wanted to pass along this positive recommendation.”

Jason McCay, Co-Founder, Compose


quote icon small“WIN has without doubt been one of our best investors. We were skeptical when we first heard of it, as the setup is very atypical, but Maynard has put together an awesome team in Michael, Jeremy, Kevin & Dena and the fund is structured very clearly in a way that is for maximum impact, not maximum profit for Maynard. WIN helped us bring in Scott McNealy and other great investors and I highly recommend WIN to any entrepreneurs looking for an exceptionally value-add investor.”

Jack Smith, Co-Founder, Vungle


quote icon small“WIN has been a fantastic partner for us at Panorama, and I think that WIN is one of the special few investors that founders should always try to have in their cap table. We’ve benefitted tremendously from the advice and connections that WIN’s team brings — and they’re also one of the kindest, most supportive investors around.”

Aaron Feuer, Founder & CEO at Panorama Education

quote icon small“He’s one of the best systems guys in the world … It’s a real stamp of credibility if he invests in something.”

Marc Andreessen, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz


quote icon small“Taking an investment from WIN was never really about the money for us. When we found out that Maynard Webb was putting together a seed fund, we were very excited about the prospect of working with him, as his reputation precedes him. Also, when we heard about WIN’s affiliate model, that was really the icing on the cake.”

Yuri Sagalov, Co-Founder & CEO, AeroFS


quote icon small“Maynard and the WIN have been a great resource.  Their combined experience has been super valuable as we navigated  challenges related to growth.  Also great they are a very nice team.”

Slava Rubin, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer, Indiegogo


quote icon small“Maynard has been a valuable advisor and a trusted mentor throughout AdMob’s journey. He encouraged us when things were hard, and challenged us if we ever got soft. All teams need coaches, and in the world of tech, there are few better than Maynard.”

Omar Hamoui, Partner, Sequoia


quote icon small“Maynard was invaluable to AdMob where, as a board member, he was a strong advocate for our efforts to invest in scalable infrastructure and the overall technical capabilities of the company. Maynard’s influence was key in helping us to establish a technical operations focus that allowed us to balance the opposing demands of exploding traffic, meager operational resources, and a need to drive continuous performance improvements for our customers. Overall, Maynard’s experience, insight, openness, and genuine desire to see both me and AdMob succeed played a huge part in the great outcome that we achieved.”

Kevin Scott, SVP Engineering, LinkedIn 


quote icon small“I consider myself one of the luckiest entrepreneurs in the Valley. Maynard is my co-founder and, as such, I get access to his sage guidance, good-natured prodding and steady hand more frequently than most. He constantly challenges us to think bigger and move faster and inspires us with his epic responsiveness, cool-headed wisdom and people-first management style. The WIN team doesn’t fall far from the tree – they’re some of the brightest and most caring investment professionals I’ve ever met.”

Mike Bergelson, Co-Founder and CEO, Everwise


quote icon small“Maynard Webb walks on water, and if you are fortunate enough to have his counsel, advice, critique, wisdom and support, you will succeed beyond your dreams — as long as you don’t screw it up!”

Monty Kersten, CEO, VitalSigns (acquired by INS)


quote icon small“Maynard delivers. Lots of people just talk about how they’ll help you, but Maynard makes it happen – fast. He makes time to give great advice and pushes us to think really big. He’s never hesitated to instantly open his network to us, which has been amazing for funding, customers, and advice.”

Daniel Debow, Co-CEO Rypple


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“It felt like walking in to the great hall of Hogwarts, listening to Dumbledore (Maynard) about his life stories, and dining in person with the most accomplished crowd of wizards in the valley, who wield the wands of technology.”

Lei Sun, Founder & CEO, Yozio



Satra Zarghami Hawkins

Community Manager
satraSatra joined WIN in May 2018 as Head of Community. Prior to WIN, Satra founded Events by Satra, an event management company servicing the Bay Area. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Nutritional Science. Satra grew up in the Bay Area and enjoys meeting other entrepreneurs and learning more about their business ventures.

Jonathan Pines


jp Before joining WIN, Jonathan co-founded GiftRocket (Y Combinator W11) and was a Software Engineer at Facebook. He is also an active angel investor. Jonathan studied math at Stanford and CS at Harvard. He enjoys thinking about interesting ideas and helping founders make them happen.

Kevin Webb


kw Having grown up and been educated in Silicon Valley, Kevin has had little choice but to become completely dependent on the Internet. He studied Human Biology at Stanford, and has worked at companies such as Dash Navigation (acquired by RIM) and FunnyOrDie, as well as the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Kevin’s background lies primarily in writing, web design, and social marketing, and when he’s not working on WIN, he’s generally spending time with friends or writing field shows for the Stanford Band.

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.

Michael Neril

Co-Founder and Affiliate

Michael has worked with technology startups for 15 years as an advisor, investor, co-founder or operator.   Michael is a co-foundmner of Webb Investment Network (“WIN”), which he launched in 2010. As Managing Director, Michael led all investment activities for the firm, focused largely on enterprise cloud applications, marketplaces, and mobile marketing platforms, investing in over 50 companies across these sectors. Prior to WIN, Michael worked at LiveOps, a cloud-based contact center and labor marketplace, where he ran business development for its next-generation virtual work marketplace.  While there, he also incubated and ran the fastest growing product line within the Company. Michael joined LiveOps after it acquired the second of two technology startups which he co-founded called Ooreka, a virtual work marketplace.  Michael started his career as an investment banker in ING Barings’ Technology Group where he primarily advised venture-backed startups on M&A and corporate finance activities. Michael is also a mentor at several startup accelerators. Michael earned a BA in International Relations from Tufts University.  

Maynard Webb

mw Maynard Webb is a 40-year veteran of the technology industry. An active leader in the technology and business community, Maynard serves as a board member, investor, philanthropist and mentor to young entrepreneurs. As the founder of the Webb Investment Network (WIN), a seed investment firm dedicated to nurturing entrepreneurs, Maynard brings his experience developing and leading high-growth companies. WIN provides its portfolio companies with mentorship and on-demand access to an affiliate network of over 80 industry experts.
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Irene Webb


“iw” Irene has been involved in the tech world since 1982. After graduating Rutgers with a degree in statistics, and forecasting sales for Breck and Pine Sol products at American Cyanamid, she went on to earn her MBA from East Carolina University. Eager to begin her tech career outside of her home state of New Jersey, she took a programming job (and later finance roles) with IBM in Boca Raton, Florida where she first met Maynard. Irene later worked at Thomas Conrad and then Quantum Corp before taking leave to focus on her family. She came out of retirement in 2010 to manage WIN's finances. When not managing WIN's budget, Irene enjoys traveling and playing golf.

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.