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. She was also the first investor in The RealReal (REAL) and sat on the company’s board through the 2019 IPO. 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
  • The RealReal
    IPO (REAL)
  • Twenty20
  • Unifi
  • Virsto Software
    Acquired by VMWare


Lily AI Opens First International Office in London to Support Retailers in UK and Europe

Maha Ibrahim Named Forbes' 50 Over 50

This Week in Startups / Angel: Canaan’s Maha Ibrahim on Fund Sizing, Distribution Strategies & Early VC Days

Lily AI Named to The Leading 100 of 2023

TechCrunch: Lily AI lands new capital to help retailers match customers with products

TechCrunch: TrueFort snares $30M Series B to expand zero trust application security solution

Forbes: Your B2B retail data can be even smarter

Bloomberg: Jordan, Gretzky and more invest in live-sports streaming service

New York Times: Inside the ‘deadly serious’ world of e-sports in South Korea

VentureBeat: Forte raises $185M at $1B valuation for blockchain game platform

Axios: Blockchain gaming platform Forte valued at $1B

TechCrunch: Sounding Board raises cash as startups wake up to executive coaching

Maha Ibrahim: Announcing our investment in Sounding Board

Forbes: ManiMe cofounders named to Forbes #30Under30

TIME: The best inventions of 2020 - A made-to-order manicure

Vogue: Governor Cuomo and his daughter launch New York’s “Mask Up” campaign with The RealReal

Bloomberg: Venture investor Canaan raises $800 million for new fund

TechCrunch: 3 VCs discuss the state of SaaS investing in 2020

TODAY: Allure's best of beauty 2020, featuring ManiMe

Axios: ManiMe raises $6 million as at-home manicures boom in the pandemic

Essence: These Black women athletes are investing in tech to close the gender pay gap. Here’s Why

Fortune: The fight against fast fashion means buying fewer clothes—and this retailer encourages that

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