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Pear Ventures

Pear Ventures

Early stage venture capital and private equity firm

Pear Ventures (formerly Pejman Mar Ventures) is an early stage venture capital and private equity firm based in California. Pezman Nozad and Mar Hershenson founded the company in 2013. Their portfolio alumni include companies like Dropbox, Zoosk, Path, and Lending Club.

Company

Pear invests in companies in early seed stages which it deems to be revolutionary. It then provides mentorship and resources to help them succeed. The company organizes a series of events under the “Pear Dorm” program where it searches and finds startup companies to back. “Pear Garage” is a part of Pear Dorm program specially targeted toward graduates from Stanford University, where they try and pitch their ideas to solve real-world problems without financial or equity obligations. “Pear Summer” is a similar program targeted towards startups and entrepreneurs.



Other similar initiatives target MBA or MSx students at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), MBA students from Harvard Business School (HBS), and also students from MIT or the University of Pennsylvania. Applicants are required to apply in a respective category before the deadline to be considered for the program.

The events are used as an opportunity to scout early startups and ideas with the potential to shake up their respective industry. The selected teams are allowed to engage in product creation with partner companies, experts and consultants. Teams also receive funding, access to workshops and events, and resource including office space and discounts from partners.

Timeline

August 16, 2016

Pejman Mar rebrands as it unveils a $75 million new fund

Pejman Mar rebrands as Pear Ventures and unveils a $75 million fund

People

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Ajay Kamat

Partner



Bob Tinker

CEO Coaching



Bobby Yazdani

CEO Coaching



Kevin Lee

Principal



Lily Johnson

Head of Operations



Mar Hershenson

Co-Founder and Founding Managing Partner



Narges Baniasadi

CEO Coaching



Pedram Kayani

Engineering



Pezman Nozad

Co-Founder and Founding Managing Partner



Touraj Parang

Strategy & BD



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