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The new Pear Fellows have completed the first stage of our training program, and they are already imbuing our team with energy and fresh ideas.

The Pear Fellows program is an early-stage VC apprenticeship. Fellows work directly with Pear’s investment partners to discover founders, make investment decisions, and support startups. 49% of our portfolio founders were students when we first invested and they were often introduced to us by Fellows.

Fellows alumni have founded fast growing companies, such as Isaac Madan (CEO of Nightfall) and John Keck (CEO of Macro). Many alumni have become successful VCs, such as Nicole Quinn (General Partner at Lightspeed) and many more at top funds including DFJ Growth, DST Global, DCM, Industry Ventures, March Capital Partners, and Sequoia Capital. …


We are overjoyed to announce that Pedram Keyani has joined the Pear team as our newest Visiting Partner! Pejman met Pedram in 2000 as he was pursuing his Masters in Computer Science at Stanford. In the two decades since they met, Pedram has led a distinguished career as an engineer at Google and Director of Engineering at both Facebook and Uber.

Pedram began his career at Google, working on product infrastructure and abuse issues around social networks. In 2007 he joined a small 200 person startup called Facebook. He started working on spam, abuse and ways to protect people on Facebook as one of the first engineers on the Site Integrity team. …


He’s contributed so much already that we almost forgot that he hasn’t always been here…

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Fun Fact: Keith loves writing fiction and returned to his English major roots while at HBS, enrolling in a fiction workshop in Harvard’s English department, where he had taken several workshops in college.

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It might say something about Keith that he didn’t complain at all that we took so long to make this post. …


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Pear Dorm is our infrastructure to help students build the next wave of category defining companies. Pear partnered with 49% of our portfolio founders when they were still students, so your role will be core to our ambitions to be the best seed fund in the world. We are a small and highly collaborative team, so you will gain exposure across the early-stage venture capitalists’ skillset.

We’re looking for the right person to start as soon as possible.

APPLY HERE!

The Role: Associate

You will work directly with Partner Ian Taylor on Pear’s university initiatives: Competition, Fellows, Garage, and more. You will find and help student entrepreneurs who are building the next wave of category-defining companies. Your responsibilities will…


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We believe that great founders are made not born. Great founders surround themselves with people who help them grow. Great founders are constantly learning how to be better builders and better storytellers.

Engineers in our network have told us that the community they had in college disappeared upon graduation. Those engineers collaborated with us to create Pear Builders, which provides a support system to engineers with a few years of work experience who aim to start a company soon. …


Cathy Polinsky, former CTO @ Stitch Fix, shares the building blocks of a career in tech

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Cathy Polinsky, former CTO at Stitch Fix, chatted this week with Pear associate, Harris, who leads our talent initiatives. This is a recap! Watch the full talk at pear.vc/speakers.


In the Weeds

Notes from leading design at ThoughtSpot, Pinterest, Apple and More

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As we move into the last days of summer, with the world still very much uncertain, we highly recommend giving Bob Baxley’s Pear talk on conditions, constraints, and convictions a watch at pear.vc/speakers.

Bob shares three Cold War stories of magnificent innovation — reminders of the amazing things humans have accomplished and can still accomplish even in trying times.

Below, find insights from the Q&A session for thinking about conditions, constraints, and convictions for our own times.

In This Article


Go from hacker → CEO in 8 months

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Ideation session with Mar

Pear Garage is the founding story of Pear. When Mar and Pejman started Pear VC, they started by inviting entrepreneurial engineers in college to camp out in their new offices, work on their ideas together with mentorship from Pejman and Mar themselves, and get access to the best of their vast Silicon Valley network — no strings attached, no equity exchanged.

Seven years later at Pear, that ethos is still the core of our 14-person team. Our partners have founded companies that have sold to the likes of Facebook, Dropbox, Cisco, Instacart, and Yahoo. On the investing side, we have been fortunate to partner early with startups now worth over $40B, including Doordash, Branch, Guardant Health, and Gusto. …


From the Garden

How to form a true hypothesis and validate it before you build a product that no one actually wants

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This is an excerpt from partner Nils Bunger’s talk for Pear Accelerator S20.

Pear Accelerator is a small-batch program, where our partners and mentors work hands-on with exceptional founders through the journey to product-market fit. Learn more: pear.vc/accelerator

Pear Demo Day will take place on Tuesday, October 13th at 10am PT! 19 companies from this year’s Pear Accelerator will be making their debut. Are you an investor interested in attending? Click here to request access.

The tricky thing about finding product-market fit is that it’s easy to be misled (and to convince yourself) by false signals. As Ajay mentions in his talk, the worst case scenario is when customers are lukewarm about your product. They will seem excited about it and talk about the features they want, but when push comes to shove, they won’t buy the product, no matter how many features you add at their request. …


From the Garden

How to do that “sales and marketing stuff” you’re supposed to do now

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This is an excerpt from Bob Tinker’s talk for Pear Accelerator S20.

Pear Accelerator is a small-batch program, where our partners and mentors work hands-on with exceptional founders to reach product-market fit and beyond. Learn more: pear.vc/accelerator

Pear Demo Day will take place on Tuesday, October 13th at 10am PT! 19 companies from this year’s Pear Accelerator will be making their debut. Are you an investor interested in attending? Click here to request access.

Early startups in Silicon Valley tend to focus so intensively on product-market that they might forget to think about what comes after. But as any startup founder knows, you’re never “in the clear” when you’re running a startup. …

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Pear VC

0 to 1 venture capital. We partner with entrepreneurs from day zero to build category defining companies. Founded by @pejmannozad and @MarHershenson. | pear.vc

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