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Riding the EV Wave: Our Investment in Arc

Led by a team of former rocket engineers and marine enthusiasts, Arc blends modern aerospace design and manufacturing techniques with traditional marine craftsmanship.

Menlo Ventures Doubles Down on Consumer Investing With New Partner Amy Wu
Video: Building Riva With Menlo Labs
The Seven Generative AI Building Blocks for the Next Generation of Consumer Technology Companies
Back to Basics: Fundamentals for Building Breakout Consumer Companies
Catching Lightning in a Bottle

The Secret to Cracking the Minimum Viable Product

Startups fail when they don’t build a simple solution to a problem many people have. Many startups fall into the trap of building toward a “mission” rather than a minimum viable product (MVP).

The Power of a Photographic Memory: Our Investment in Construction Tech Leader OpenSpace

Today, we are excited to announce our investment in OpenSpace, the leading provider of automated 360° photo documentation and analysis for construction sites.

Cheers to Chime: Finally, a Bank Consumers Can Love!
Nobody Cares About Your Big Idea
Welcome Our New Head of Marketing, Tiffany Spencer!
Welcoming Naomi Pilosof Ionita as Our New Investment Partner

How Roku Thought Outside the Box

Millions of people know Roku as the little black box that streams Netflix to their TVs, but there’s far more

The One Thing Your Company Needs to Get Me to Invest
Better Ingredients, Better Companies
Back to the Not-So-Dark Side
Riding the EV Wave: Our Investment in Arc

Led by a team of former rocket engineers and marine enthusiasts, Arc blends modern aerospace design and manufacturing techniques with traditional marine craftsmanship.

September 27, 2023Shawn Carolan
Menlo Ventures Doubles Down on Consumer Investing With New Partner Amy Wu

Amy joins us to expand Menlo’s long-standing consumer practice and lead us into new categories, drawing on her strong gaming expertise and fearless exploration of new consumer experiences.

June 15, 2023Shawn Carolan
Video: Building Riva With Menlo Labs

Riva Health founders Tuhin Sinha and Dag Kittlaus discuss their critical mission to revolutionize cardiovascular healthcare; their long histories with Menlo partners Greg Yap and Shawn Carolan; how they were introduced to each other; and the whirlwind journey to FDA approval.

May 12, 2023
The Seven Generative AI Building Blocks for the Next Generation of Consumer Technology Companies

OpenAI’s ChatGPT reached 100 million monthly active users just two months after launch, setting the new standard for the fastest-growing consumer application in history. The landmark achievement underscored the strength of generative AI’s pull in consumer markets—surpassing even the breakthroughs of the internet and smartphones.

April 27, 2023Shawn Carolan and Derek Xiao
Back to Basics: Fundamentals for Building Breakout Consumer Companies

Economic downturns force us to get back to basics: The cost of new capital and low valuation multiples—even for top-performing public companies—force startups to make substantial progress per dollar to get a term sheet, much less an up round.

January 18, 2023Shawn Carolan
Catching Lightning in a Bottle

How to align product with what customers want, differentiate from competitors, and win your market

October 13, 2021Shawn Carolan
The Secret to Cracking the Minimum Viable Product

Startups fail when they don’t build a simple solution to a problem many people have. Many startups fall into the trap of building toward a “mission” rather than a minimum viable product (MVP).

March 25, 2021Shawn Carolan
The Power of a Photographic Memory: Our Investment in Construction Tech Leader OpenSpace

Today, we are excited to announce our investment in OpenSpace, the leading provider of automated 360° photo documentation and analysis for construction sites.

July 27, 2020Shawn Carolan
Cheers to Chime: Finally, a Bank Consumers Can Love!

Today, we’d like to congratulate Chime on their $200 million fundraising round led by DST, with participation from Menlo Ventures, Cathay Innovation, Forerunner, and more.

March 5, 2019Shawn Carolan and Steve Sloane
Nobody Cares About Your Big Idea

As an early-stage consumer VC with a laser focus for efficiency, few things make me wince more than meeting brilliant entrepreneurs devoted to building products few people will want.

February 15, 2019Shawn Carolan
Welcome Our New Head of Marketing, Tiffany Spencer!

Tiffany will oversee the marketing efforts of the firm and, as part of the Fuel team, she will work closely with Menlo-backed companies to help them achieve their marketing goals.

October 11, 2018Shawn Carolan
Welcoming Naomi Pilosof Ionita as Our New Investment Partner

Naomi comes to Menlo with deep operating experience from Evernote and Invoice2go, where she was most recently VP of growth.

February 7, 2018Shawn Carolan
How Roku Thought Outside the Box

Millions of people know Roku as the little black box that streams Netflix to their TVs, but there’s far more to the story than this. Following the company’s September IPO*...

November 17, 2017Shawn Carolan
The One Thing Your Company Needs to Get Me to Invest

This week, Shawn Carolan explains the single element that unites all great consumer technology companies.

November 28, 2016Shawn Carolan
Better Ingredients, Better Companies

As better ingredient technologies arrive on the scene, they open the door for new, iconic companies that meet our needs in fundamentally better ways.

September 28, 2016Shawn Carolan
Back to the Not-So-Dark Side

Today I’m thrilled to announce my return to Menlo Ventures as a Managing Director to lead our consumer technology practice following my time as Founder and CEO of Handle.

September 8, 2016Shawn Carolan
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