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Founded

2011

Location

629 N. High Street

Columbus, Ohio, 43215

United States

OUR STORY

The Midwest is the opportunity of our lifetime.

Drive Capital is a venture capital firm based in Columbus, Ohio. We invest in people who have the decades-long conviction necessary to solve big problems.

Right now entrepreneurs are building more billion-dollar companies in the Midwest than have been created in the last 50 years combined.

If you are onto something, time is of the essence. Let's talk.



FEATURED NEWS

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Bloomberg

Bloomberg Advantage: Building Businesses in Low Cost Centers

Carol Massar and Cory Johnson – October 4th, 2016

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VentureBeat

In 5 years, the Midwest will have more startups than Silicon Valley

Chris Olsen – August 28th, 2016

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Wall Street Journal

Midwest Gets Boost as Rev1 Ventures, Drive Capital Raise New Funds

Deborah Gage – August 31st, 2016

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Chicago Tribune

Drive Capital launches $300 million second fund with eye on Midwest

Amina Elahi – August 29th, 2016

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Fox Business

Startups Ditching Silicon Valley for Silicon Prairie?

Matthew Wisner – September 9th, 2016

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VentureBeat

Why I just moved from Silicon Valley to Ohio

Andy Jenks – August 30th, 2015

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Fortune

The Silicon Valley Backlash

Erin Griffith – August 30th, 2016

OUR TEAM

A native of Cincinnati, Chris built his career investing in emerging technology and healthcare companies. Prior to co-founding Drive Capital, Chris was at Sequoia Capital for six years where he led and managed the firm's growth investing practice. His investments include LitePoint (Teradyne), Klarna, Weebly, Electronic Arts (EA - NASDAQ), GSI Commerce (EBay) and eMeter (Siemens). Before Sequoia, Chris was an investor with Technology Crossover Ventures. Chris briefly dropped out of Yale to compete on the professional squash circuit, where he quickly learned he was better suited to work with entrepreneurs.

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Mark Kvamme

Partner

When he's not racing (and sometimes crashing) off-road trucks, Mark is a co-founder and partner at Drive Capital. Before Drive Capital, Mark was the Interim Chief Investment Officer and President of JobsOhio, a private, nonprofit corporation leading Ohio’s job-creation efforts. Prior to JobsOhio, Mark was a partner at Sequoia Capital for 12 years, where he led investments in Linkedin (LKND - NYSE), MarkLogic, Cast Iron (IBM), and FunnyOrDie.com. Prior to Sequoia, Mark was the Chairman and CEO of CKS Group (CKSG - NASDAQ) and a founding member of Apple France. Mark has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Andy Jenks

Partner

Andy has been an entrepreneur his entire life, starting with a recycled golfball business when he was 15. Prior to joining Drive, he was the co-founder of Formation Data Systems, a software defined storage company. Before Formation Andy has been a founder of 2 other software businesses; Discovery Mining, acquired by Interwoven, and Infinite Research/Compete, acquired by WPP. Across his career, he spent time writing code for Alexa Internet, now part of Amazon; selling marketing software and as CEO of Autonomy Optimost, and; evaluating investment opportunities as an EIR at Khosla Ventures and EMC Ventures. Andy has a B.S from the University of Utah.