Managing Partner Mark Hasebroock founded the firm in 2010 and leads our commerce theme, leading investments in Bulu, Summersalt, Amify, and AddStructure. Mark got his entrepreneurial start selling colored moccasins to pay for a spring break trip while at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (he paid for the trip, then had to issue refunds upon his return when his customers quickly realized that the moccasin dye stained their feet).
After a stint as an investment banker – and another as a popcorn distributor – Mark founded his first company, giftcertificates.com, in 1997. Mark founded Hayneedle, which raised capital from Sequoia and Insight Venture Partners before exiting to jet.com in 2016 (Hayneedle went on to become part of Walmart). In 2010, Mark launched Dundee VC to solve the problem he faced as an entrepreneur building startups in Omaha: the lack of early-stage capital available throughout the Mighty Middle. Mark is the first Nebraska-based member of the Kauffman Fellows (Class 22). He previously served on Omaha Children’s Hospital Board of Directors, is part of Omaha Westside’s Hall of Fame, and plays in the Beer & Pretzel Hockey League (BPHL). Importantly, Mark has played for and is GM of the BPHL’s Team AU (Gold) as part of ten championship teams.
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