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Here's What Makes M13 a Great Place to Work

Our team shares what makes M13 special, from a culture of gratitude and experimentation to support that extends beyond the office.

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January 9, 2024
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Today, Built In honored M13 in its 2024 Best Places To Work Awards. As a bicoastal firm, we’re proud to share that we rank in both Los Angeles and New York City.

At M13, we believe that we’re brighter together—and that our people are at the center of our success.

“Many VC firms don’t focus on culture in the way we do at M13, and so it’s fairly unique for a VC to be recognized for that,” says Matt Hoffman, M13 Partner and Head of Talent. “We credit much of our success in this area to the operating experience our partners bring to the team, where we’ve learned the value of a strong developmental mindset in driving performance.”

In turn, our strong culture propels our strategic vision. “Nobody wakes up at M13 not wanting to achieve great things,” says Carter Reum, M13 Partner and Co-founder. “We want to create a new, innovative model that is talked about for decades to come.”

We asked the team to weigh in on what makes M13 a great place to work, from their favorite parts of M13 culture to how they feel supported in life beyond the office. Here’s what they had to say.

What is the best part of working at M13?

All voices are heard. I’ve never been afraid to speak my mind or contribute my opinions, and as a result, I’ve been able to have a greater impact through my work here and develop more as a professional than I would be able to anywhere else.

— Sarah, Talent

People at M13 are allowed—and in fact encouraged!—to experiment. We are always striving for better ways to work, collaborate, and provide value to our portfolio of startups. It’s a great place to try throwing different things at the wall to see what sticks.

— Melissa, Propulsion

The humans! Not just the quality of our team, but the diverse backgrounds and experiences that each contribute to making M13 what it is.

— Andrew, Launchpad

It's easy to feel engaged when you're working in an environment where intellectual curiosity is valued. The group collectively puts a lot of time and effort into understanding future trends.

— Mark, Investing

The people, the collaborative culture, and the collective effort to continually improve. M13 is a community of incredible people who make coming to work every day a true privilege. I am lucky to work alongside people who trust me, uplift me, challenge me, and inspire me.

— Julie, Talent

It's rare to find a combo of doing what you love with people you love doing it with. I've found that at M13, and I want to spend my career using this platform to invest in great entrepreneurs and leaders.

— Brent, Partner


A culture of teamwork, learning, and gratitude

Person's Name

M13 really fosters a culture of learning and openness. There’s no attachment to “the way we’ve always done things,” so new ideas are embraced. M13 creates space for people to do their best work and stretch themselves. I’m excited to go into the office every day and learn from all my colleagues—I get so much energy from working with a talented team that really cares about the founders we serve, about our company, and about each other.

— Anna, Partner

Person's Name

M13 has a culture of appreciating all the contributions of all our various team members on a daily and weekly basis. Everyone works hard and has high bars of excellence, yet the firm’s culture is one that causes people to pause and express gratitude to others along the way.

— Carter, Partner & Co-founder

Person's Name

Firms often tout their “smart, collegial culture,” but M13 really is a place where teamwork is the most important cultural quality. M13 truly facilitates a culture in which a rising tide lifts all boats.

— Sarah, Partner & Head of Investor Relations

Person's Name

The beauty of our workplace lies in its unwavering commitment to collaboration. M13's incredible talent is composed of individuals who are committed to excellence on the individual and collective scale. Every voice is not just heard but celebrated—a testament to our belief that we are #BrighterTogether.

— Jennifer, Investor Relations

Person's Name

M13's shared mission is not only to empower our portfolio companies, but to create a gratitude-driven culture where we are valued as individuals and motivated to do our best work. It's truly a space where I feel encouraged to innovate and take calculated risks, knowing I have unwavering support from my team. I'm incredibly thankful for the genuine human connections that define M13, making it an extraordinary workplace where we collectively thrive.

— Mary, Product

Person's Name

M13’s LA headquarters and NY office are designed for gatherings, connection, and inspiration as much as they are for heads-down work. The play and joy in our staff retreats nourish bonds that make remote collaboration so much better. And every day we learn from our colleagues, whether they graduated from college two or 20 years ago. That learning mindset keeps us evolving and experimenting in times of change and uncertainty. It’s always about the people, and we are very proud to nurture a culture that attracts the best.

— Christine, Partner & Head of Brand

Person's Name

M13’s culture of gratitude motivates me to do my best work. Whether one-on-one, in Slack, or in all-hands team meetings, gratitudes are common, and they energize everyone to give their best while enjoying the ride.

— Michael, Data

Person's Name

Everyone here is such a great human being with a genuine heart. This is not by accident! The strength and power of “one team, one dream” is not only felt but actively discussed and pursued. I am consistently thankful for not just my immediate team but the entire team working and supporting each other to do our best work.

— Abigail, Brand

Person's Name

M13 is a greenhouse for innovation and entrepreneurship. I take pride in being part of a company that not only invests in visionary companies, but actively reflects and celebrates that same entrepreneurial passion within our organization.

— Amelia, Propulsion

Community beyond M13

Everyone here brings energy and enthusiasm to their work, and it’s exciting to see everyone leverage their experience and knowledge to support each other and our founders and their teams. Our common love for founders and the journeys they are on keeps me engaged and inspired.

— Loren, Talent

M13’s annual Brighter Together Week is a true embodiment of our commitment to fostering community both internally and externally. This week of events brings together our community members from all different backgrounds and provides unique opportunities for direct connections between the M13 team, founders, and investors.

— Carly, Brand

The sense of community here is remarkable, and getting to collaborate and work with everyone here is such a rewarding feeling.

— Arbo, Talent

Support at work and beyond

Person's Name

During the pandemic, M13 came together to ensure each of us, and our families, were supported in every way. With great intention and planning, the firm’s Mission Control team created a cadence of virtual events, check-ins and programming, centered around our M13 core value of Community, to ensure we were connected, collaborative and #brightertogether. Partners, children, pets—all were welcome. This human approach to life during an unprecedented moment in time embodies the generosity of spirit and caring that is a hallmark of our firm, and it continues to this day.

— Lizzie, Partner & Head of Propulsion

Samantha

I’m given the room and the support to tackle really challenging problems. I grew twice as much in my first six months at M13 than I did in two years in a previous position, because I am trusted and encouraged to learn by doing.

— Samantha, Community

Emma

My colleagues truly support my growth, curiosity, and development. In my day-to-day work, this means giving me opportunities to work on new projects, space to share and develop my ideas, and access to the tools, resources, and team expertise I need. Beyond work, M13 has offered me the flexibility, support, and cheerleading to continue my education. I feel that my growth as an employee, a student, and a person is truly valued here.

— Emma, Brand

About M13

M13 is an early-stage (seed and Series A) venture capital firm that invests in visionary founders building disruptive software businesses. Established in 2016 with offices in Los Angeles and New York, the firm is a full-stack partner that brings its deep bench of full-time operators to help founders outperform and build category-defining companies. M13’s portfolio includes more than 200 direct investments, with 25 exits to date. The firm has seeded seven companies and been in the Series A of five others that went on to achieve unicorn status.

About Built In

Built In determines the winners of Best Places to Work based on an algorithm, using company data about compensation and benefits. To reflect the benefits candidates are searching for more frequently on Built In, the program also weighs criteria like remote and flexible work opportunities, programs for DEI, and other people-first cultural offerings.

Today, Built In honored M13 in its 2024 Best Places To Work Awards. As a bicoastal firm, we’re proud to share that we rank in both Los Angeles and New York City.

At M13, we believe that we’re brighter together—and that our people are at the center of our success.

“Many VC firms don’t focus on culture in the way we do at M13, and so it’s fairly unique for a VC to be recognized for that,” says Matt Hoffman, M13 Partner and Head of Talent. “We credit much of our success in this area to the operating experience our partners bring to the team, where we’ve learned the value of a strong developmental mindset in driving performance.”

In turn, our strong culture propels our strategic vision. “Nobody wakes up at M13 not wanting to achieve great things,” says Carter Reum, M13 Partner and Co-founder. “We want to create a new, innovative model that is talked about for decades to come.”

We asked the team to weigh in on what makes M13 a great place to work, from their favorite parts of M13 culture to how they feel supported in life beyond the office. Here’s what they had to say.

What is the best part of working at M13?

All voices are heard. I’ve never been afraid to speak my mind or contribute my opinions, and as a result, I’ve been able to have a greater impact through my work here and develop more as a professional than I would be able to anywhere else.

— Sarah, Talent

People at M13 are allowed—and in fact encouraged!—to experiment. We are always striving for better ways to work, collaborate, and provide value to our portfolio of startups. It’s a great place to try throwing different things at the wall to see what sticks.

— Melissa, Propulsion

The humans! Not just the quality of our team, but the diverse backgrounds and experiences that each contribute to making M13 what it is.

— Andrew, Launchpad

It's easy to feel engaged when you're working in an environment where intellectual curiosity is valued. The group collectively puts a lot of time and effort into understanding future trends.

— Mark, Investing

The people, the collaborative culture, and the collective effort to continually improve. M13 is a community of incredible people who make coming to work every day a true privilege. I am lucky to work alongside people who trust me, uplift me, challenge me, and inspire me.

— Julie, Talent

It's rare to find a combo of doing what you love with people you love doing it with. I've found that at M13, and I want to spend my career using this platform to invest in great entrepreneurs and leaders.

— Brent, Partner


A culture of teamwork, learning, and gratitude

Person's Name

M13 really fosters a culture of learning and openness. There’s no attachment to “the way we’ve always done things,” so new ideas are embraced. M13 creates space for people to do their best work and stretch themselves. I’m excited to go into the office every day and learn from all my colleagues—I get so much energy from working with a talented team that really cares about the founders we serve, about our company, and about each other.

— Anna, Partner

Person's Name

M13 has a culture of appreciating all the contributions of all our various team members on a daily and weekly basis. Everyone works hard and has high bars of excellence, yet the firm’s culture is one that causes people to pause and express gratitude to others along the way.

— Carter, Partner & Co-founder

Person's Name

Firms often tout their “smart, collegial culture,” but M13 really is a place where teamwork is the most important cultural quality. M13 truly facilitates a culture in which a rising tide lifts all boats.

— Sarah, Partner & Head of Investor Relations

Person's Name

The beauty of our workplace lies in its unwavering commitment to collaboration. M13's incredible talent is composed of individuals who are committed to excellence on the individual and collective scale. Every voice is not just heard but celebrated—a testament to our belief that we are #BrighterTogether.

— Jennifer, Investor Relations

Person's Name

M13's shared mission is not only to empower our portfolio companies, but to create a gratitude-driven culture where we are valued as individuals and motivated to do our best work. It's truly a space where I feel encouraged to innovate and take calculated risks, knowing I have unwavering support from my team. I'm incredibly thankful for the genuine human connections that define M13, making it an extraordinary workplace where we collectively thrive.

— Mary, Product

Person's Name

M13’s LA headquarters and NY office are designed for gatherings, connection, and inspiration as much as they are for heads-down work. The play and joy in our staff retreats nourish bonds that make remote collaboration so much better. And every day we learn from our colleagues, whether they graduated from college two or 20 years ago. That learning mindset keeps us evolving and experimenting in times of change and uncertainty. It’s always about the people, and we are very proud to nurture a culture that attracts the best.

— Christine, Partner & Head of Brand

Person's Name

M13’s culture of gratitude motivates me to do my best work. Whether one-on-one, in Slack, or in all-hands team meetings, gratitudes are common, and they energize everyone to give their best while enjoying the ride.

— Michael, Data

Person's Name

Everyone here is such a great human being with a genuine heart. This is not by accident! The strength and power of “one team, one dream” is not only felt but actively discussed and pursued. I am consistently thankful for not just my immediate team but the entire team working and supporting each other to do our best work.

— Abigail, Brand

Person's Name

M13 is a greenhouse for innovation and entrepreneurship. I take pride in being part of a company that not only invests in visionary companies, but actively reflects and celebrates that same entrepreneurial passion within our organization.

— Amelia, Propulsion

Community beyond M13

Everyone here brings energy and enthusiasm to their work, and it’s exciting to see everyone leverage their experience and knowledge to support each other and our founders and their teams. Our common love for founders and the journeys they are on keeps me engaged and inspired.

— Loren, Talent

M13’s annual Brighter Together Week is a true embodiment of our commitment to fostering community both internally and externally. This week of events brings together our community members from all different backgrounds and provides unique opportunities for direct connections between the M13 team, founders, and investors.

— Carly, Brand

The sense of community here is remarkable, and getting to collaborate and work with everyone here is such a rewarding feeling.

— Arbo, Talent

Support at work and beyond

Person's Name

During the pandemic, M13 came together to ensure each of us, and our families, were supported in every way. With great intention and planning, the firm’s Mission Control team created a cadence of virtual events, check-ins and programming, centered around our M13 core value of Community, to ensure we were connected, collaborative and #brightertogether. Partners, children, pets—all were welcome. This human approach to life during an unprecedented moment in time embodies the generosity of spirit and caring that is a hallmark of our firm, and it continues to this day.

— Lizzie, Partner & Head of Propulsion

Samantha

I’m given the room and the support to tackle really challenging problems. I grew twice as much in my first six months at M13 than I did in two years in a previous position, because I am trusted and encouraged to learn by doing.

— Samantha, Community

Emma

My colleagues truly support my growth, curiosity, and development. In my day-to-day work, this means giving me opportunities to work on new projects, space to share and develop my ideas, and access to the tools, resources, and team expertise I need. Beyond work, M13 has offered me the flexibility, support, and cheerleading to continue my education. I feel that my growth as an employee, a student, and a person is truly valued here.

— Emma, Brand

About M13

M13 is an early-stage (seed and Series A) venture capital firm that invests in visionary founders building disruptive software businesses. Established in 2016 with offices in Los Angeles and New York, the firm is a full-stack partner that brings its deep bench of full-time operators to help founders outperform and build category-defining companies. M13’s portfolio includes more than 200 direct investments, with 25 exits to date. The firm has seeded seven companies and been in the Series A of five others that went on to achieve unicorn status.

About Built In

Built In determines the winners of Best Places to Work based on an algorithm, using company data about compensation and benefits. To reflect the benefits candidates are searching for more frequently on Built In, the program also weighs criteria like remote and flexible work opportunities, programs for DEI, and other people-first cultural offerings.

The views expressed here are those of the individual M13 personnel quoted and are not the views of M13 Holdings Company, LLC (“M13”) or its affiliates. This content is for general informational purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal, business, investment, tax or other advice. You should consult your own advisers as to those matters and should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of this content. This content is not directed to any investors or potential investors, is not an offer or solicitation and may not be used or relied upon in connection with any offer or solicitation with respect to any current or future M13 investment partnership. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Unless otherwise noted, this content is intended to be current only as of the date indicated. Any projections, estimates, forecasts, targets, prospects, and/or opinions expressed in these materials are subject to change without notice and may differ or be contrary to opinions expressed by others. Any investments or portfolio companies mentioned, referred to, or described are not representative of all investments in funds managed by M13, and there can be no assurance that the investments will be profitable or that other investments made in the future will have similar characteristics or results. A list of investments made by funds managed by M13 is available at m13.co/portfolio.