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The problem with rental marketplaces

By Guimar Vaca Sittic Most of the successful peer-to-peer marketplaces are purchase-oriented. The graph below categorizes some of the most successful peer-to-peer marketplaces and divides them by transaction type: rental versus purchase. There are two fundamental problems with rental marketplaces: The average order value for most of them is too low Frequency from demand-side renters is too low Incentivizing supply in any marketplace is really important to get liquidity. In most of the examples in the purchase category, the supplier of the products or services can make a living out of his or her activities in the marketplace…. Read More


Fun Interview on The Twenty Minute VC

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Harry Stebbings of The Twenty Minute VC. You can find the interviews on iTunes at http://bitly/thetwentyminutevc and on the Web at: http://www.thetwentyminutevc.com/fabricegrinda/. I also recreated it below for your reading pleasure. 20 VC 072: SUPER ANGEL, FABRICE GRINDA: THE FUTURE OF STARTUP INVESTING Fabrice Grinda is among the world’s leading Internet entrepreneurs and investors with over $300 million in exits and 200 angel investments including the likes of Alibaba, LendingClub and BrightRoll. Fabrice is currently investing… Read More


Understanding Vertical Marketplace Innovation

By Guimar Vaca Sittic It’s already common knowledge that the latest wave of marketplaces are vertical plays attacking horizontal behemoths like eBay or Craigslist. Disruptive online marketplaces not only connect demand and supply but enhance the experience in a way others can’t. Vertical marketplaces provide such enhancing dynamics that give them a comparative advantage versus horizontal ones. The problem is that not all vertical marketplaces are equally disruptive or defensible. It’s important not to confuse the attack of a vertical which refers to a specific segment of the economy (e.g. cars, books, food,etc) versus a verticalized business model which refers… Read More

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Great birthday wishes from Dazeinfo: Happy Birthday Fabrice Grinda: The Extraordinary Tech Entrepreneur

Dazeinfo wrote a really nice article for my birthday full of surprisingly accurate information. I recreated the blog post below for your reading pleasure. You can find the original at: http://dazeinfo.com/2015/08/03/happy-birthday-fabrice-grinda-extraordinary-tech-entrepreneur/   Happy Birthday Fabrice Grinda: The Extraordinary Tech Entrepreneur Swathi R M on August 3, 2015 @SwathiRm     Venturing into unknown with known strategy is always been the unique selling point of the entrepreneur Fabrice Grinda. Developing an investment strategy is not an easy task nonetheless it demands commendable efforts and relentless hard work. Though, he has termed… Read More


Why I chose Cabarete

After 7 years permanently on the road for OLX, I longed to decrease business travel. Sadly, the insanity of the US immigration process, meant that the tech team for my new projects had to be in Ukraine, Romania and Argentina rather than New York. While those destinations and closer than most of the OLX destinations, business travel still decreases my quality of life and takes time away from things I would rather be doing like playing video games Besides it’s probably not wise to be spending my winters in Ukraine in the middle of war with Russia. I longed to… Read More


The wonderful world of mobile apps!

I have to admit that my ability to live and travel light is greatly facilitated by the extraordinary mobile apps that are now available, especially for on-demand services. Looking at my life, I sleep in Airbnbs. I go work at WeWork riding an Uber. I order food on Postmates. Flycleaners does my laundry. The vast majority of my spending is going to these marketplaces and new platforms. It’s amazing and they will take a much larger percentage of the economy than people think! In New York, San Francisco and London, I can essentially live in any Airbnb without… Read More

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Asset Light Living

After the NY Times article, a number of you have reached out asking for the full list of items I live and travel with. It boils down to 50 items including the suitcase and backpack. In the carry-on suitcase I travel with: • 2 jeans • 1 suit • 1 pair of dress shoes • 1 pair of tennis shoes • 4 dress shirts • 1 long sleeve t-shirt • 2 short sleeve t-shirts • 2 tennis shirts • 1 bathing suit • 1 pair of sports shorts • 10 underwear • 7 pairs of black socks • 3 pairs… Read More

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Some Thoughts on the New York Times Styles Section Article

This goes to show there is no such thing as bad press. I made the cover of the New York Times Styles section last Sunday.   Unfortunately the article fails to capture my life philosophy and underlying happiness. It does not understand that experimenting on everything, including lifestyle, is the typical entrepreneurial hacker way. It ignores my philanthropy and generosity. It misses the real underlying love I have for my friends and family and their love for me. It belittles my two year relationship with my wonderful girlfriend Otilia. But hey, I am on the cover of the New York… Read More

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Asset prices are more sensitive to very low interest rates than most suspect

Global interest rates are now at historical lows. Conversely we are seeing record prices for asset prices be they share prices of listed companies, privately held Internet startups, art, collectible cars or real estate. The theoretical value of an asset is the net present value of the discounted future cash flows it can generate. The lower the acceptable internal rate of return (IRR) an investor accepts, the less future cash flows are discounted and the greater an asset can be valued. The impact of the decrease in interest rate by central banks on asset prices has a time lag. When… Read More