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Mario Malave

Venture Associate

Biography

Mario Malave

Venture Associate

Investment associate Mario Malave helps source and evaluate early-stage investments, seeking out remarkable companies that use intelligence, sensors, and actuators to augment and enhance the physical world. He also works closely with Playground's portfolio companies to help them develop financial strategies and execute on their business plans

Prior to joining Playground, Mario worked in Morgan Stanley's investment banking division as part of the global technology group. There, he advised clients in the internet, software, and infrastructure sectors on M&A execution and capital raising, and worked closely with companies such as Snapchat, MarketShare, and Microsemi, among others.

Before moving out West, he was based out of New York as part of the firm's Latin America group, where he focused on cross-border M&A execution across a wide array of sectors. During his time at Morgan Stanley, Mario helped execute over $5Bn of aggregate deal volume, and also acted as co-head of diversity recruiting for New York University.

A native of Venezuela, Mario was a presidential honors scholar at New York University and graduated magna cum laude with concentrations in Economics and Political Science. When not musing about potential investments or testing out new products at Playground, you'll likely find Mario on a soccer field, snowboarding, tracking bitcoin prices, or planning travel somewhere new.