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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.