Finding Personal and Professional Alignment in the Midwest with Mary Grove, Managing Partner of Bread and Butter Ventures

by High Alpha

On January 13, 2021, Mary Grove joined High Alpha Partner Eric Tobias for a virtual fireside chat about her career and the lessons she’s learned working with startups.

Mary Grove is Managing Partner of Bread and Butter Ventures. She brings nearly two decades of leadership experience in technology, early stage investing, and startup ecosystem growth. She began her career working on the Google IPO, and went on to lead new business development partnerships, negotiating early stage product and technology deals worldwide. Mary then served as the founding director of Google for Startups, leading the company’s global efforts to support entrepreneurs in over 100 countries.

After her 15 year career at Google, Mary worked as an investment partner at Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund where she led dozens of investments in a range of sectors including healthcare, enterprise software, and fintech. She also built the fund’s portfolio support platform and built a network of over 150 mentors and partners to guide startup growth.

She is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Silicon North Stars, a nonprofit that she and her husband Steve founded in 2013 to help young Minnesotans from underserved communities pursue careers in tech. 

In this episode, we revisit Mary’s Speaker Series where you’ll learn:

  • How to be proactive about diversity in LPs, founders, & hiring
  • Her role in elevating the Minnesota startup ecosystem 
  • Educating and inspiring youth from economically underserved communities