Maha Ibrahim

General Partner / West Coast

Since 2000

Maha spots technology trends early and partners closely with her companies to drive growth and exits. She focuses on e-commerce and enterprise / cloud, and was one of the first investors to recognize the potential of social gaming. A champion of women in technology, Maha is passionate about funding and raising the profiles of female entrepreneurs and is a founding member of All Raise. She is also a trustee for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Maha holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Sociology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT.

Maha in 5

Origins: Born in Syracuse, NY. Grew up in MA. Of Egyptian descent.

Travel: These days, my sons’ baseball tournaments in glamorous places...

Sport: Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics (notice the pattern)

Talent: Crossword puzzles (they relax me)

Dream Job: Professional tennis player




  • Kabam
    Acquired by Netmarble
  • Metacloud
    Acquired by Cisco
  • Mobilitec
    Acquired by Alcatel-Lucent
  • Sensage
    Acquired by KEYW Corporation
  • Tacit Networks
    Acquired by Packeteer
  • Twenty20
  • Unifi
  • Virsto Software
    Acquired by VMWare


WSJ Pro VC: Venture market maintained momentum in first quarter

The Wall Street Journal: How the failure of spurred Julie Wainwright’s RealReal success

Bloomberg: Learning to love pre-owned clothing even when there’s been sweat

TechCrunch: Lily AI raises a $12.5M Series A ket by Canaan to accelerate its e-commerce recommendation tech

The San Francisco Chronicle: The RealReal to open flagship store in San Francisco

Forbes: What is really driving The RealReal’s new partnership with Burberry

Maha Ibrahim: Nails that fit you and your lifestyle, with laser precision :) - Our Investment in ManiMe

TechCrunch: Using 3D imaging, ManiMe sells custom-fit stick-on nails

The New Yorker: The RealReal’s online luxury consignment shop

CNN: Burberry partners with The RealReal to test reselling high fashion

Vogue Business: Burberry’s partnership with The RealReal signifies a real shift

Harvard Business Review: How VC can help more women get ahead

Vox: The RealReal isn’t buying a department store anytime soon, CEO Julie Wainwright says at Code Commerce

Watch: The RealReal CEO Julie Wainwright sits down with Kara Swisher at Code Commerce

TechCrunch: Top VCs say the landscape for enterprise startups is changing

The Wall Street Journal Video: A $5K secondhand outfit? Inside luxury consignor The RealReal

The Financial Times: The rise and rise of the designer resale market

Washington Post: Secondhand fashion site The RealReal shares rise in debut

The New York Times: The RealReal IPO - Secondhand fashion goes mainstream

Barron's: The next big IPO is trying to Be Tiffany, Amazon, and a pawn shop rolled into one

Washington Post: As millions of dollars pour in, esports teams offer varying visions of the future

CNBC: This esports team just raised $46 million, and its investors include Will Smith

The New York Times: Can the Birkin bag survive the resale market?

Vogue: How sustainable is consigning clothing? The RealReal is glad you asked

SaaS portfolio momentum

VentureBeat: Forte and Ripple form $100M fund for mainstream blockchain games

Bloomberg Video: Cuyana buyers love "fewer but better" products, CEO says

Release: Agile Stacks completes Series A funding round

The Business of Fashion: With $30M round, Cuyana eyes US expansion

Bloomberg Video: Maha Ibrahim & All Raise founders on Bloomberg Studio 1.0

The New York Times: Tycoon of the pre-owned

Fortune: Maha Ibrahim on why startups keep raising mega-rounds of $100M (or more)

Fast Company: For Cuyana, the leather tote bag wars are personal

Slate: Cuyana & closing the gap between luxury goods and affordable fashion

Startup Grind: VC corner Q&A with Maha Ibrahim

Maha Ibrahim & Dan Ciporin: Next generation investors for next generation entrepreneurs

Forbes: Luxury brands can't ignore fashion reseller The RealReal anymore

The New York Times: Even the second time around, they’re gaga for Gucci

The Los Angeles Times: The RealReal's first SoCal store boasts a dedicated men's space, a handbag vault and a 'sneakerdome'

CNBC: Online start-up The RealReal to open its second luxury consignment store, as e-commerce brands keep growing

CNBC Video: Maha Ibrahim on how diversity among startup funders & founders drives higher returns

Reuters: Old fashion - Vintage boom buoys RealReal and jolts luxury labels

Fashionista: Investors continue to pour millions into online resale startups

The New Yorker: The RealReal's radical vision of secondhand luxury

Bloomberg Tech: Canaan Partners see race for firms to hire more women

Bloomberg: Don’t call it retro. ‘Archival’ is the hottest thing in fashion

Bloomberg Video: Julie Wainwright on VC funding for female founded companies

Fortune: Top women investors are answering the VC boys club with one of their own

Maha Ibrahim: Canaan forward – diversity as an asset

Recode Decode: Why one venture capitalist is ‘cringing’ at recent tech IPOs

TechCrunch: Canaan Partners just closed on its biggest fund (by a lot)

WSJ: Canaan’s $800 million fund is the latest jumbo-size capital pool

Bloomberg Video: Canaan's Maha Ibrahim on VC funding environment, harassment

CNBC: Startup execs urge Trump not to kill the special ‘startup visa’ for entrepreneurs

TechCrunch: What venture capitalists think of Trump

WSJ Pro: Uber misconduct puts spotlight on board’s role in startup culture

CNBC Video: How luxury bags could make you money

The Financial Times: The RealReal deal - how to make millions from your fashion cast-offs

Maha in 5

Origins: Born in Syracuse, NY. Grew up in MA. Of Egyptian descent.

Travel: These days, my sons’ baseball tournaments in glamorous places...

Sport: Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics (notice the pattern)

Talent: Crossword puzzles (they relax me)

Dream Job: Professional tennis player