Sara Deshpande

Sara Deshpande
Lecturer
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Bio

Sara Deshpande is a Partner at Maven Ventures, a leading seed venture fund investing in software companies that millions of consumers use everyday to make their lives better. She invests broadly in high growth consumer software, with a focus on digital health, emerging consumer trends, and mobility. Since joining Maven in 2014, Sara has been part of over 30 investments and 9 exits including Zoom (IPO, “ZM”), Cruise (acquired by GM), and Chariot (acquired by Ford). Select investments include Genneve, Wild Type, Hello Heart, Carrot Fertility, Embark, May Mobility, and Eden. 

Sara has advised and invested in consumer and tech startup founders around the globe for over ten years. Previously, she managed an accelerator and programming for hundreds of startups at The Idea Village, an entrepreneurship engine in New Orleans, and was a management consultant in the Healthcare Strategy practice at Deloitte. Sara holds a BS in Finance from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and an MBA from Stanford University.

Teaching

Degree Courses

2019-20

Startup Garage is an intensive hands-on, project-based course, in which students will apply the concepts of design thinking, engineering, finance, business and organizational skills to design and test new business concepts that address real world...

Teams that concluded at the end of the fall quarter that their preliminary product or service and business model suggest a path to viability, continue with the winter quarter course. In this course, the teams develop more elaborate versions of...