About Mensch Ventures

Founded in 2016 by Silicon Valley people leader Beth Steinberg, Mensch Ventures is a People and Talent advisory firm focused on helping companies scale, enhance culture and drive business results. Mensch Ventures works with growing companies, venture capital firms, and nonprofits experiencing complex talent, organizational development and growth challenges.

What We Do

  • Work with your team to guide them to learn and grow as leaders
  • Foster growth in your people leaders to build confidence and competence
  • Assess your company values to ensure they are activated and integrated into your company; if not, figure out how to fix that
  • Partner with you to plan and prepare your company to scale
  • Accelerate learning in your current People/Talent/HR team to elevate their skills
  • Address any underlying barriers to success and prescribe solutions to move your organization forward
  • Develop and implement a Talent Strategy and a Talent Plan
  • Be a temporary resource for your People leader

I Believe

At Mensch, we live by a few guiding principles that set us apart.

Don’t do the same old things.
Companies vary by size, industry, product offerings and leadership characteristics, and so should their approach to building and fostering culture. We don’t believe in a one size fits all approach. We work with you to customize what’s right for your team and business.

Partner, don’t preach.
When you feel most of your focus needs to be on business strategy, we get that it’s easy to lose sight of culture. We’re here to listen, collaborate and partner with you to design an integrated program that not only fits with your business, but drives your business.

Assume the good.
We seek out companies and people who want to do the right thing for their employees, customers, and investors. If we see and know that your heart’s in it, then we’ll be right there with you.

What people have to say about working with Beth

  • Beth and I worked together at BrightRoll where she was our Chief People Officer. She made a material impact on the culture of the company, changed how we developed our employees, improved how we led as a management team, and did all of this in a short period of time before we were acquired by Yahoo! I was drawn to work with Beth because she is clear about what she believes and what is important to her, and most of those values I share. She believes in people, accountability, respect and transparency, and a real commitment to talent and culture.

    Tod Sacerdoti
    Founder and CEO, BrightRoll (Acquired by Yahoo)
  • Beth and I worked together in the early, hyper-growth days of Facebook. We were doubling our team size every 6 months and tackling all the challenges that brings. Beth was instrumental to our success and sanity throughout the process. She provided not only personal mentorship but also incredible insight on everything from culture to personal growth to organizational structure that set us up for success. Beth has a kind and caring approach to address all aspects HR but is not afraid to push your organization forward for maximum performance.

    Scott Marlette
    Founder of GoodRX, Former Engineering Director, Facebook
  • During the two years we worked together at Reddit, Beth was our de facto VP of People and HR. Her experience, judgment and long-term perspective were invaluable to us as we scaled up and grew up from 25 to 75 employees. She coached Reddit on how to integrate inclusiveness into our team and practices, what to think about as we formed HR policies and practices, and how to manage specific conflicts and issues. As we evolved from a homogenous, geographically spread-out team to an open, diverse team in one location, her perspective helped smooth the transition. She was always accessible and responsive, and that made a big difference as we grew quickly. I always looked forward to talking with Beth, because I knew no matter how painful the problem, she would get us to a workable, high-integrity solution.

    Ellen Pao
    Former CEO of Reddit
  • Beth has been a critical advisor to us, helping us understand how to scale and manage the company as a whole, and also helping to mentor individual leaders to ensure they scale with the company. Her combination of experience, insight, and dedication have been a great asset to me and my team.

    Luke Kanies
    Former CEO and Founder
  • Beth joined our Advisory Board last year and has been a key advisor in the growth of our organization ever since. She has been especially helpful in the transition of bringing on our new CEO at Hackbright Academy. Beth possesses deep knowledge around managing and growing teams and organizations as well as all the challenges along the way. She is a great coach and advisor. Highly recommended.

    David Phillips
    Founder of Hackbright Academy