DiscoverupsideMary Grove of Bread & Butter Ventures // from Google and Rise of the Rest to Minneapolis [CC063]
Mary Grove of Bread & Butter Ventures // from Google and Rise of the Rest to Minneapolis [CC063]

Mary Grove of Bread & Butter Ventures // from Google and Rise of the Rest to Minneapolis [CC063]

Update: 2020-09-23


Interview begins: 10:30
Debrief: 45:38

Mary Grove is Managing Partner of Bread and Butter Ventures. She brings nearly two decades of leadership experience in technology, early-stage investing, and startup ecosystem growth. She began her career working on the Google IPO, and went on to lead new business development partnerships, negotiating early-stage product and technology deals worldwide. Mary then served as the founding director of Google for Startups, leading the company’s global efforts to support entrepreneurs in over 100 countries. 
After her 15 year career at Google, Mary worked as an investment partner at Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund where she led dozens of investments in a range of sectors including healthcare, enterprise software, and fintech. She also built the fund’s portfolio support platform and built a network of over 150 mentors and partners to guide startup growth.
She is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Silicon North Stars, a nonprofit that she and her husband Steve founded in 2013 to help young Minnesotans from underserved communities pursue careers in tech.  Mary serves on the boards of Vital Voices, the Minneapolis Foundation, and the Techstars Foundation. She earned her BA and MA from Stanford University. Mary and her family moved from Silicon Valley to Minneapolis in 2018 and she loves cooking, hiking, and getting to know Minnesota through the eyes of her three-year-old twins. Mary's bread and butter is helping organizations build teams and infrastructure to operate at scale, building partnerships, and home-cooked Thai recipes.

Key points: 

  • Vantage point within Google supporting startup weekend. 14:21

  • Why prefer a dutch auction style IPO vs the traditional IPO. 18:43

  • Early days if Google for Entrepreneurs 22:59

  • Starting Bread and Butter Ventures 27:23

  • Why in Minneapolis? 29:55

  • Starting a venture firm in 2020 35:45

  • Choosing the right teammates 37:35

  • Dropping city names to look for 43:18

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Mary Grove of Bread & Butter Ventures // from Google and Rise of the Rest to Minneapolis [CC063]

Mary Grove of Bread & Butter Ventures // from Google and Rise of the Rest to Minneapolis [CC063]

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