Head of Google for Entrepreneurs will leverage past experience to support entrepreneurs across America
Washington, D.C. – February 9, 2018 – Today, Revolution announced that the founding director of Google for Entrepreneurs, Mary Grove, will be joining the firm as a partner on Rise of the Rest, a nationwide effort powered by Revolution to invest in and work closely with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. As part of this ongoing effort, Steve Case and J.D. Vance announced a $150 million Rise of the Rest Seed fund last December, which is backed by a group of iconic entrepreneurs, executives and investors that believe the next great startup investments are located outside of coastal cities. In her role, Grove will work closely with the fund’s portfolio companies to support them through the stages of startup growth and help the team source investments from Rise of the Rest cities, including Minneapolis where she will be located.
“Mary’s role in founding and managing Google for Entrepreneurs makes her an ideal and timely addition to the team as we focus on finding new investments and supporting our companies post-investment,” said Steve Case, the CEO of Revolution and anchor investor in the Rise of the Rest Fund. “As we continue to expand our presence across the country, visit more cities on the Rise of the Rest bus tours, and make investments, we could not be more excited to add someone with Mary’s track record to our organization.”
“We’re at a pivotal moment in the venture capital industry where we can move the needle on revitalizing the economic engine of America,” said Mary Grove. “I hugely admire the way Revolution is leading by example through their Rise of the Rest efforts and I’m excited to dedicate the next chapter of my career to supporting entrepreneurs from a new angle.”
Grove started her career at Google in 2004, and in 2011 founded and launched Google for Entrepreneurs, an effort to bring Google’s resources to startup communities around the globe. In her role, she worked with a team that spanned 17 time zones and supported over 400,000 entrepreneurs in 140 countries. She also ran a network of six campus spaces for startups, launched the Google for Entrepreneurs global partner network, produced the annual Google Demo Day, and served as an industry spokesperson for Google on the topic of entrepreneurship.
Mary has decided to return to her Midwest roots and move to Minneapolis, MN where she will also continue to run Silicon North Stars, a nonprofit she and her husband founded to inspire young Minnesotans from economically underserved communities towards futures in tech.
A Washington, D.C.-based investment firm founded in 2005, Revolution’s mission is to help build disruptive, innovative companies that offer consumers more choice, convenience, and control in their lives. The new Rise of the Rest Seed fund complements the existing Revolution Growth and Revolution Ventures funds. Revolution’s funds now exceed $1.3 billion and are positioned to back startups at nearly every stage of their lifecycle. For more information, please visit: www.revolution.com or follow us on Twitter @Revolution.