|Residence||New York, New York, U.S. and Cabarete, Dominican Republic|
|Occupation||Angel investor and entrepreneur|
|Net worth||$ 100 Million|
Fabrice Grinda (born 3 August 1974) is a French entrepreneur, blogger for Business Insider and super angel, with more than 200 investments around the world, including Alibaba Group, Airbnb, Beepi, FanDuel, Palantir, and Windeln. Grinda has had $300 million in investment exits. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Aucland, Zingy, and OLX and is a frequent conference speaker on trends in technology, emerging markets, and investing.
Grinda was born in Boulogne Billancourt in France and grew up in Nice, where he graduated high school C Massena in 1992.[not in citation given] He left France to attend Princeton University and graduated summa cum laude in 1996; he was awarded the Halbert White '72 prize for most distinguished economics student and the Wolf Balleisen memorial prize for best economics thesis.
While at Princeton, Grinda created Princeton International Computers, exporting high-end computer equipment from the U.S. to Europe. He then worked as a consultant for McKinsey from 1996 to 1998 before returning to France where he co-founded the company Aucland.
Aucland was one of the three largest auction websites in Europe. In July 1999, in exchange for 51% of the company, Grinda raised $18 million for Aucland from the venture fund of luxury-goods magnate Bernard Arnault. In 2000, he sold the rest of the company to Arnault’s fund.
In 2000, he returned to the United States where he founded Zingy, a mobile media start-up which he grew to $200 million in revenue. In, 2004, Grinda sold Zingy for $80 million to Japanese media conglomerate For-Side. He remained CEO until 2005.
In 2006, Grinda and Alec Oxenford co-founded OLX with the goal of becoming the largest free classified advertising website in the world. In 2010, the site was acquired by the South African group Naspers, with Grinda remaining CEO until 2013. OLX became the largest classified ad website in India, Pakistan, Brazil, Portugal, Poland and Ukraine. While he was still CEO, OLX was in more than 90 countries, in 50 languages, with over 150 million unique visitors per month.
Serial angel investor
As a serial angel investor, Grinda and his team analyze more than 100 companies a week and make a new investment about every 15 days. As of June 2015, he has made more than 200 start-up investments. His most recent investments are focused on marketplaces connecting buyers to sellers, such as Beepi, a used car marketplace, and Lofty, a marketplace for works of art. His portfolio is about 70% in the United States and 30% in the rest of the world, including Brazil, France, Germany, UK, Russia, China, and Turkey.
Among Grinda's investments are:
- Adore Me
- Alibaba Group
- Delivery Hero
- Lending Club
- Palantir Technologies
- Porch (company)
- Parking Panda
- Sunrise Calendar
Business blogger and speaker
Grinda’s blog, "Musings of an Entrepreneur", is also carried by Business Insider. Grinda has written about raising money from VCs, the future of technology in shaping the world, and working as a serial angel investor. Grinda has been a featured speaker at many conferences, including Le Web, IDCEE, La Red Innova, TechCrunch Italy and SIME.
On 5 December 2014 Grinda received the Golden Pillar, awarded annually from the French Institute Alliance Française for outstanding contributions to Franco-American relations.
Grinda funds the education of 600 children in the Dominican Republic through the Dream Project.
Grinda is not married. A 2015 profile in The New York Times reported that in 2012, in a move he called "the very big downgrade", intended to allow him more time to spend with friends and family, Grinda sold his 20-acre New York estate, his Manhattan apartment and his car, and donated his other possessions to charity, except for a carry-on suitcase with 50 items. For the next three years, he lived without a permanent residence or other possessions, at first staying with friends and family, and eventually, after friends complained, in hotels and Airbnb rentals. In 2015, he re-established a permanent residence in New York City but continued to keep his personal possession under 50 items.
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