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Mavenlink ([mey-vuh n] [lingk])
Industry Software as a Service (SaaS)
Genre Project Management, Professional Services, Project management software
Founded 2008
Headquarters Irvine, California
Area served
Products project management software and services

Mavenlink is a software-as-a-service company that provides software and services for advanced project management, task collaboration, resource allocation, work management and professional services automation. The company has offices in Irvine, California, San Francisco, California, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Boston, Massachusetts.


Mavenlink was founded in 2008 by Ray Grainger, Roger Neel and Sean Crafts.[1] The idea for Mavenlink was conceived when the three co-founders, who had previously worked at InQuira together, realized there was an opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses to leverage enterprise software applications for managing projects and conducting business online, and access a wide network of consultants and service providers.[2]

With the growth of cloud computing in 2008 and increased business expenditures in IT cloud services,[3] the co-founders saw an opportunity to create a workforce collaboration tool that would address an ecosystem of internal and external workforces.[2][4] Mavenlink’s brand name was partially inspired by the concept of “Mavens,” a personality type described in The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.[5] Gladwell defined “Mavens” as “information specialists,” or “people we rely upon to connect us with new information.”[5][6]

In April 2009, after seven months of development, the first Mavenlink software platform was released in beta to approximately 1000 users. After several months of beta testing, Mavenlink became generally available to the public in January 2010.[2]

In June 2010, Mavenlink enabled integration with Google Apps, allowing users to sync the Mavenlink software with Google Drive, Calendar, Contacts and Tasks.[7][8]

In January 2011, Mavenlink enabled users to integrate with Intuit Quickbooks software to manage job costing, invoicing, payroll and project accounting.[9][10][11]

By February 2011, approximately 200,000 users had subscribed to the Mavenlink software, with thousands of new users being added each month.[12]

In March 2014, Mavenlink launched, an online publication for professional services businesses.[13]

In June 2014, Mavenlink was named one of Google’s first Premier Technology Partners for the Google Apps Partner Program.[14]


Mavenlink’s user and account model is built on a cascading permission set where only those users given “Administration” rights on the account can invite additional users and manage the permissions, financial rates, and privileges of the other users on the account.

All project-specific collaboration, file sharing and communication is visible only to users invited to participate in those projects, allowing administrators to choose which users have access to certain areas. Users can be removed from projects, allowing the project administrator to take away their visibility into that project.

Mavenlink supports many international character sets for its internal social collaboration feature. Mavenlink allows projects to be conducted in any international currency, supporting the currency symbols and localized currency formatting, allowing for budgets, rates, and billings to be expressed in local currencies.

Mavenlink’s API provides easy access to most of the data model. Most internal Mavenlink development is performed on top of the public API. The Mavenlink API supports the OAuth 2 authorization model for secure, user-based access.[15]

Funding and investments[edit]

In February 2009, Mavenlink secured $1 million in investment capital during its Angel round of funding, which was led by current and former Accenture partners. In November 2011, Mavenlink secured $3.9 million from Quest Software, Inc. and Madden Capital Partners, LLC., and in January 2012, the company received an additional $3 million from Quest Software, Inc. and Madden Capital Partners, LLC.[12][16][17] In December 2013, Mavenlink received an institutional investment from Carrick Capital Partners in the amount of $7 million.[18][19][20] In November 2016, the company announced a Series D funding round of $39 million from Goldman Sachs.[21]

See also[edit]


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  1. ^ Christophe Primault (October 2010). "Interview with Ray Grainger, Founder & CEO of Mavenlink". GetApp. 
  2. ^ a b c Sam Melon (September 2012). "Antarctica Explorer and Mavenlink Founder Ray Grainger on Customer Satisfaction and Gives Startup Advice". 
  3. ^ Frank Gens (October 2008). "IT Cloud Services User Survey". IDC Research. 
  4. ^ Kristen Nicole (January 2011). "Mavenlink Finds New Ways to Tap the Human Cloud". Silicon Angle. 
  5. ^ a b Ashley Crossman (December 2000). "The Tipping Point: An Overview of the Book by Malcolm Gladwell". 
  6. ^ Malcolm Gladwell (December 2011). "On Connectors, Mavens and Salesmen: How New Ideas Spread Like Seeds". 
  7. ^ Courtney Boyd Meyers (September 2011). "When Google+ launches for brands, how will SMBs react?". The Next Web. 
  8. ^ "Mavenlink Now Integrated With Google Apps". PR Newswire. June 2010. 
  9. ^ Christina DesMarais (November 2012). "5 Apps That Make QuickBooks Better". Yahoo Small Business Advisor. 
  10. ^ "Mavenlink Delivers New Online Collaboration and Productivity Capabilities to Improve the Way We Work". February 2012. 
  11. ^ Heather Clancy (July 2012). "Mavenlink allows for ad hoc collaboration". 
  12. ^ a b Tomio Geron (November 2011). "Mavenlink Raises $3.9 Million for External Collaboration Service". Forbes. 
  13. ^ "Emergent Path Launches to Bring Critical Information and Insights to Professional Services Companies Seeking to Grow their Businesses". Yahoo Finance. March 2014. 
  14. ^ Mavenlink (June 2014). "Mavenlink Named One of Google’s First Google Apps Premier Technology Partners". Mavenlink. 
  15. ^ "Mavenlink API". 
  16. ^ Jennifer Van Grove (November 2011). "Mavenlink Raises $3.9M for Start-to-Finish Project Management Tool". Venture Beat. 
  17. ^ "Mavenlink Confirms $3.9M Fundraising". November 2011. 
  18. ^ "Mavenlink Receives $7M Investment from Carrick Capital Partners". December 2013. 
  19. ^ Rebecca Grant (December 2013). "Funding Daily: Sugar High". Venture Beat. 
  20. ^ "Carrick Capital Partners Announces $7MM Investment in Mavenlink". Yahoo Finance. December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Mavenlink Raises $39M From Goldman Sachs". 2016-11-16. Retrieved 2016-12-05.