About The Talk
On this episode of The Daily Stack, we’re going to discuss
- what a great founder-investor relationship looks like
- what expectations founders and investors should have of each other
- tactical and big picture reasons why this relationship matters so much
- how you can do to foster an open and productive relationship
- how to navigate the bad times
We’re excited to host a founder-investor pair about the relationship they’ve developed over the past decade – and over 2 startups: Brad Hargreaves, Founder & CEO of Common, and Jason Stoffer, Partner at Maveron.
Maveron was one of the first investors in Common, and in Brad’s earlier startup, General Assembly.
We’ll discuss their experience working together and dive into ways you can build relationships with your current and potential investors.
Partner at Maveron
Jason Stoffer is a partner at Maveron. Jason joined Maveron in 2007 and is a partner focused on investing in emotionally resonant consumer brands. His focus areas are ecommerce, real estate and consumer healthcare. Active investments include Everlane, Common, Dolls Kill, Flywire, Imperfect Foods, Thirty Madison, The Guild and Dolly. He previously served on the Board of both zulily (IPO: zu) and General Assembly (acquired by Adecco). Prior to joining Maveron, Jason co-founded IADT Online, an online design school. He has also served as an associate at Spinnaker Ventures. Jason graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in economics from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Founder and CEO of Common
Brad Hargreaves is the founder and CEO of Common. Common is dedicated to making housing better by providing convenient, community-minded shared homes. Since opening its first home in 2015, Common has grown to over 800 members in six cities. Previously, he co-founded General Assembly, a global education institution with campuses in more than 15 cities worldwide. Most recently, he was a Venture Partner at Maveron, General Assembly’s lead investor. Brad has been named to Vanity Fair’s “The Next Establishment”, Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30”, and Business Insider’s “Silicon Alley 100”.
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