Grit, Perseverance, and Happenstance: The Genesis of our Apprenticeship Program

Most of you are not aware that FJ Labs has an apprenticeship program. The program has been fantastic. The apprentices have created extraordinary companies, including AdoreMe and Beepi. They have helped us invest in over 250 startups. It has been extraordinarily beneficial all around. To give you a sense of the genesis of the program, let me take you back to 2010. At that time, I was co-CEO of OLX by day and an angel investor by night. I had already met Jose and we had started our cooperation, but it was… Read More

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The Next Evolution: AI-Powered Marketplaces

By Güimar Vaca Sittic and Fabrice Grinda Online marketplaces are fascinating. Matching demand and supply seems mundane, but it takes a lot of work to actually make it happen. As we pointed out before in The Evolution of Marketplaces, marketplaces have evolved dramatically from horizontal listing based models like Craigslist to vertical transactional end-to-end marketplaces like Uber today. Every few years there are technological breakthroughs that allow entrepreneurs to adjust the dynamics of online marketplaces to make them more efficient. Native mobile apps, seamless payments and GPS tracking are just a few of the examples that have improved… Read More


Donald Trump: The Startup Disrupting the GOP Establishment

by Fabrice Grinda and Mike Lloyd Many people have been amazed at the support that Donald Trump has been able to amass since he threw his red “Make America Great Again” hat into the ring to be the next President of the United States of America. It’s been both an entertaining and cringe-worthy spectacle. As distasteful as we may find Donald Trump to be, as entrepreneurs and students of entrepreneurship, it’s insightful to think of the parallels between the ascent of The Donald and that of startups trying to disrupt entrenched incumbents. If you think of… Read More


Macro perspective: The startup party is far from over!

Hang around venture capitalists in Silicon Valley and a clear sense of fear pervades the air. The main topic of conversation these days seems to be of humbled or fallen unicorns. Many are writing down the value of their holdings. This correction is driven by the impact of global macro changes on the late stage funding environment. We are currently observing a debt crisis in emerging markets. We had a first debt crisis in the US when a glut of global savings, much of it from Asia, washed into subprime housing, with disastrous results. In the euro area, thrifty Germans… 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: 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

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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


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