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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

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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

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Apparently I am the second most prolific French angel!

It’s funny. I never set out to be an angel investor. If you are a visible entrepreneur, you get approached by other entrepreneurs in need of advice and capital. I loved helping out and kind of fell into it. I never set a number of startups I wanted to invest in or an amount of capital I wanted to deploy. I just met many amazing people building fascinating companies. I had to participate. We are in an unprecedented moment in history where almost all industries are being reinventing by tech startups. It’s awesome to be in the middle of it. A… Read More

I failed my way to success!

I wanted to share a fun interview I gave to JobSpotting. They kindly allowed me to reproduce it on my blog. You can find the original at: http://journal.jobspotting.com/en/fabrice-grinda-i-failed-my-way-to-success/ Fabrice Grinda likes building things. He also happens to be very, very good at it. Since starting his first company at age 23, Grinda has become one of the world’s most successful Internet entrepreneurs and investors. Originally from France, Grinda has built his career in the USA, having moved there at age 17 to attend university, founding his first startup just 6 years later. Now, with over $300m in exits and 150… Read More

2015 Venture Investing Update

It’s been a while since I posted a missive on our venture investments and I felt it was long overdue given the fundamental changes we’ve made to our strategy. We are now investors in a mind-boggling 182 startups! We had 56 exits, 26 successful and 30 unsuccessful with an average exit multiple of 5.5x. We’ve also been on fire of late with the IPO of Alibaba Group and Lending Club, the exits of Brightroll and Sunrise and several of our seed investments passing the billion dollar valuation mark like Delivery… Read More