Why the Midwest?

An economic engine like few others in the world.

Just look at the numbers.

The Midwest United States has always been a source of profound
productivity and innovation. Abundant natural resources. Unparalleled
human capital. Massive manufacturing output. Solid infrastructure.
And a wealth of colleges that produce ambitious research and
engineering graduates who bring big ideas into the world. This is where
some of the worlds' greatest companies were created and continue to
thrive. Yet it's dramatically underserved by venture funding. We're
changing that. Drive Capital was created to fuel the next generation of
Midwest companies.

$3.3 trillion of GDP in 2011 / 22% of the total U.S. economy

Partnering with entrepreneurs

At every state we will support a company's evolution with the three things that matter most:

1. Customers

Our network of Fortune 500 company
contacts is available to portfolio companies
looking to find their next customer—
even if it's their first.

2. People

We will help facilitate internal
recruiting efforts that will accelerate
our clients' growth.

3. Money

We are happy to invest as little as $100k
and up to tens of millions into any
one entrepreneur's company.

Technology, Technology-enabled services, Healthcare, Consumer
Target Industries

Who we are

We are at our best when we are working with passionate founders working to solve problems that
mean more to them than a paycheck. Some of the entrepreneurs we have worked with in the past
sought to solve big world problems that created some of the most important companies of tomorrow:

What would happen if all business workers were connected?

How can people buy products if they don't have credit cards?

How can I find and manage the vast quantities of information being created today?

We find that many of the very best entrepreneurs working to solve the most challenging problems
struggle to find venture capital simply because they were based in the Midwest. We founded Drive Capital
to fill this void and be the business partner that enables Midwest entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams.

Mark D. Kvamme

Mark D. Kvamme

Mark was a partner at Sequoia Capital for 12 years, where he led investments in companies such as Linkedin, MarkLogic, Cast Iron, and FunnyOrDie.com. Prior to co-founding Drive Capital, Mark was the interim Chief Investment Officer and President of JobsOhio, a nonprofit corporation created to run the state's economic development activities.

Chris Olsen

Chris Olsen

A native of Cincinnati, Chris built his career investing in emerging technology and healthcare companies. Prior to founding Drive Capital Chris was a partner at Sequoia Capital for 6 years, and before that an investor with Technology Crossover Ventures. His first job out of school was on the professional squash circuit where he quickly learned he was better suited to work with entrepreneurs.

Ned Schwartz

Ned Schwartz

Born and raised in Columbus, Ned has predominately focused on investments in healthcare IT and services. Before joining Drive Capital, Ned spent 5 years as an investor at Norwest Venture Partners and General Atlantic, where he invested in MedExpress, Align Networks, Health Catalyst, RiverMend Health, iCardiac, and others. After making copies for the Google IPO as an intern at Credit Suisse, Ned decided he'd rather help build big companies than read about them.

Nick Solaro

Nick Solaro

Nick is a partner at Drive Capital focused on new investments. Prior to Drive Capital, Nick spent four years at Google building Android's strategic partnerships globally. He negotiated relationships with silicon companies, device manufactures, mobile operators, and retailers helping to grow the Android business to billions of devices worldwide. Before Google, he spent close to a decade as a technology investor and entrepreneur.

Robert Hatta

Robert Hatta

Robert Hatta is the Talent Partner at Drive Capital, helping portfolio companies build amazing teams. Prior to joining Drive Capital, he was the VP of Talent for JumpStart Ventures, helping to place hundreds of hires into early-stage startups at all levels. Hatta's experience also includes senior leadership roles within technology companies at all stages of growth, including Apple, Netflix, Virgin Mobile and Tackk. Hatta graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics.

Sarah Good

Sarah Good

Sarah Good is the Executive Assistant and Office Manager for the Drive Capital team. Sarah spent time in New York working for firms such as The Galleon Group and Tiger Global Management. Upon moving to Columbus, she worked for the VP of International Store Development at Limited Brands.

Marisa Gray

Marisa Gray

Marisa Gray is the Executive Assistant for the Drive Capital team. Marisa brings over 10 years of experience supporting senior level executives at L Brands and Nationwide Children's Hospital. Marisa is a graduate of The Ohio State University.

Matt McDonough

Matt McDonough

A graduate of Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business, Matt previously worked with the US Congressional Committee on Financial Services and KPMG's Risk Consulting team in London. He focuses his time at Drive on financial due diligence, researching new markets, and choosing Pandora stations. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance.


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We made a conscious decision to partner with investors
who could provide more than just capital.
With a substantial track record and entrepreneurial mindset,
Drive Capital quickly grasped our long-term vision and provided
tremendous insight that has enabled us to scale quickly.”

Sean Lane
Chairman and Co-Founder

Drive Capital has given us the resources and connections
to execute our vision at a vastly accelerated pace.
Mark and Chris very quickly understood both the opportunities
and problems we will face. It is very reassuring to work with
investors who ‘get it’ and back our vision as founders.”

James Fisher
Founder and CEO
Channel IQ

Channel IQ’s mission is to provide leading online retail
intelligence to retailers, distributors and manufacturers in order
to facilitate informed decision making across the organization.

Unlike competitors, the scale, timeliness and scope of ChannelIQ’s
data monitoring, as well as its purpose built channel management
applications deliver the data to the right person, at the right time
and in the format and context they need.”

Wes Shepherd
Chief Executive Officer

"Our decision to partner with Drive Capital was very deliberate.
They share our desire to build a world-class company
specifically in the Midwest and on top of that,
they are bringing the best of Silicon Valley thinking with them."

Jesse Vollmar
Chief Executive Officer

"We partnered with Drive Capital because of their west coast mentality and Midwest sensibility.  The entire team at Drive impressed us from the very beginning, and we couldn't be happier to be working with them."

Ware Sykes
Aver Informatics

"From the very first meeting with the Drive Capital partners, we knew we met some very special people. Like all of the best things in life, everything immediately clicked. Aver is on a mission to revolutionize health care payment, and we couldn't ask for a better partner than Drive."

Kurt Brenkus