Lecturer in Management
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 Graduate School of Business.