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The Philips BMD4065UC is the computer monitor to get

When it comes to computer monitors I have always been of the thought that bigger is better. Given that it’s not uncommon for high end 32” 4K monitors to cost upwards of $1,500, the Philips BDM4065UC is an absolute bargain at $699 on Amazon for a 4K 40” monitor. Until this monitor the only way to get a computer monitor this size was to use a 4K TV as a monitor. While cheap, this is not an effective option because they don’t have the contrast ratio and response time appropriate for computer monitors. Worse they don’t support 3840×2160… Read More

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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

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2015 Holiday Gadget Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again, so I am sharing my recommendations for all gadget lovers of the world to be happy this holiday season! Notebook: Dell XPS 15 9550                 For many years I used the Sony Vaio Pro 13. It was the lightest 13” notebook by far, weighing an incredible 2.34 pounds despite having a touch screen. It was an amazing notebook with an amazing battery life. However, given how much time I spent traveling I started longing for a bigger screen. Last year I switched to the… Read More

Life in 2030

I was recently interviewed by Alliancy to discuss the world in 2030. I am transcribing it below for your reading pleasure.   INTERVIEW BY ISABELLE REPITON   Alliancy magazine. What major changes do you envision in fifteen years? Fabrice Grinda. The internet of things, such as refrigerators that order produce you run out of, deliveries by drones, etc. All of this is coming. However, I also see some major breakthroughs in five areas: cars, communication, health, education and energy. The technologies exist. The future is already here, it’s just not equally distributed yet. For large-scale deployment, costs need… Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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… Read More