Maynard Webb

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Maynard Webb
Maynard Webb
Education Bachelor's Degree, Florida Atlantic University
Occupation Author, Technology Executive, Angel Investor, Philanthropist
Known for Author, Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship (2013)

Maynard Webb is the best-selling[1] author of Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship,[2] a long-time technology executive and angel investor,[3] a board member of[4] and LiveOps[5] and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Yahoo!.[6] Webb founded Webb Investment Network in 2010[7] and is the former CEO of LiveOps and former COO of eBay.[8]

Rebooting Work[edit]

With Carlye Adler, Webb authored a New York Times best-selling[1] book entitled Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship, which was published in January 2013.[2] The book focuses on how work models developed a century ago are out of sync today, identifies four mindsets about work, and explains how to leverage technology to change how we work.[2] Over the years, Webb has blogged about entrepreneurship and work in the Internet economy.[9]

Education and career[edit]

Webb received his Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University.[9] After graduation, he took a security guard job at IBM.[10] He later held management and leadership positions at Bay Networks, Quantum Corporation, and Thomas-Conrad Corporation and was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Gateway, Inc.[5]

From 1999 to 2006, Webb held various titles at eBay, including President of Technology and Chief Operating Officer.[8][11] During his tenure, eBay grew from $140 million in revenue to over $4.5 billion in 2005 as the employee base expanded from 250 to more than 12,000.[12] Webb served as CEO of LiveOps from 2006 to 2011, a cloud-based call center services company.[11] During that time, LiveOps was named one of Forbes’ Ten Hot Start-Ups (2009),[13] expanded into the enterprise market, generated more capital than it had originally raised, and expanded its board with executives from Symantec, Hewlett-Packard, PeopleSoft, and eBay.[14]

Webb is a board member of,[4] Yahoo![15] and LiveOps[5] and serves on the Advisory Board at Santa Clara University School of Engineering.[11]


Webb is a long-time angel investor who has helped fund such companies as Okta, Rypple, Badgeville, Hipmunk, Nebula, Luminate, SocialEyes, and Diffbot.[11] In 2010, he founded Webb Investment Network (WIN) for early-stage investing in ecommerce, mobile, cloud computing, and enterprise startups.[3] Startups that WIN funds have access to a network of 89 industry experts from companies such as Google, PayPal, Oracle, and Hewlett-Packard.[3][7] The network was built from Webb’s business connections.[3] WIN is considered to be part of a trend of smaller, early-stage funds that are indirectly challenging the traditional venture capital model.[3]


Webb and his wife Irene founded the Webb Family Foundation in 2004,[10] an organization dedicated to “promoting meritocracy through helping underdogs in society meet their full potential.”[16] Through grants, the foundation has supported disaster relief, youth mentoring, cancer research, education, and other organizations.[17]


  1. ^ a b Cowles, Gregory. "The New York Times Best Sellers". Best Seller List (The New York Times). Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship". Book Description. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Shah, Semil. ""In the Studio," Maynard Webb Pays It Forward With WIN". Opinion. TechCrunch. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Maynard Webb, Chairman, LiveOps". Board of Directors. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "LiveOps Board of Directors & Advisors". Board of Directors. LiveOps. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Yahoo Names Webb as Chairman in Mayer's Turnaround Push". Bloomberg. 
  7. ^ a b "Maynard Webb". Team. Webb Investment Network. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  8. ^ a b De La Merced, Michael J. (7 February 2012). "Yahoo Board Shaken Up in a Push for Revival". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Maynard Webb". Blogger Profile. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "About Us". Webb Family Foundation Website. Webb Family Foundation. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Maynard Webb". CrunchBase. TechCrunch. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  12. ^ Steiner, Ina. "Former eBay COO Maynard Webb Joins LiveOps As CEO". News. eCommerce Bytes. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Caulfield, Brian. "Ten Hot Start-ups". Entrepreneurs (Forbes). Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  14. ^ Barry, David. "The $100 Million Revenue Club: LiveOps Checks Off IPO Boxes". VentureWire Series (The Wall Street Journal). Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  15. ^ Schonfeld, Erick (7 February 2012). "Yahoo Board Shakeup: Chairman And Three Others Step Down, Webb And Amoroso Step Up". TechCrunch. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  16. ^ Webb, Maynard (30 July 2010). "The Power of Giving Back: Nothing "Yeah, But" About It". The Blog (The Huffington Post). Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Recent Grants". Webb Family Foundation Website. Webb Family Foundation. Retrieved 11 October 2012.