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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

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Bigger is better! :)

As I find myself on the sidelines for a few months because of an injury on both my knees, I felt compelled to invest in more static entertainment options. Given the dearth of intellectual and artistic venues in Cabarete, I just installed a 220” screen in my living room with a 4K projector to watch House of Cards and other amazing TV shows, movies, and PS4 and Xbox One games in all their glory…. Read More

Outlook

Outlook for iOS is the best iPhone email application on the market

I never imagined replacing Apple’s default mail software as my email app on the iPhone, but it just happened. Microsoft’s free Outlook app for iOS is awesome. It’s super-fast. It presents conversations in a clear and easy to understand way. It does a good job at separating conversations between important items and “other”. It also lets you see your entire mailbox if you prefer to do that. It manages attachments intelligently and allows you to connect to Dropbox. It also works effectively with multiple email accounts. The calendaring functions are also second to none. You access your schedule without leaving… Read More

marketplaces

Building Marketplaces

I gave a few speeches last year on building marketplaces. I covered the evolution of marketplaces, what it takes to build successful vertical marketplaces, marketplace design, how to growth hack liquidity and manage your suppliers. Even it’s missing the commentary, I felt some of you might appreciate the supporting slides…. Read More

2014: An Epic Year!

Like in 2013, I spent most of 2014 living with the consequences of the life changing decisions I made in late 2012 (2012: A Transition to New Beginnings!) of leaving OLX (Why I am leaving OLX) and radically simplifying my life (The Very Big Downgrade). However, with the benefit of 2013’s experience and repeated iteration, I started tweaking my life choices (Update on the Very Big Downgrade) culminating with the decision to partially rematerialize in 2015. In 2014, I still traveled too much with frequent trips between Kiev, Bucharest, Zurich, London, Paris,… Read More