Investment Blog

Ten Years and Counting

Greycroft LLC is pleased to announce that our latest venture fund, Greycroft IV, has officially closed. The fund is our fourth early stage fund since the firm’s inception in 2006, bringing our total capital under management to $800MM. As part of the new fund Ellie Wheeler, who has been with …

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The Illusory on Demand Economy

This post originally appeared on Ian Sigalow’s blog. Since the dawn of venture capital, VCs have funded ideas that seemed downright absurd at the time. The first cable company competed against free, over-the-air television. FedEx competed with the US postal service. Wireless carriers sunk billions of dollars into towers and …

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Ruminations

This post originally appeared on Ian Sigalow’s blog. In 1972, Bobby Fisher played Boris Spassky for the title of world chess champion. Game 6 of that series is arguably the greatest chess match of all time – Fisher played an unusual opening and later made a series of brilliant tactical …

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I’m 80 Years Old And Still An Active VC. Here’s Why

This post originally appeared on LinkedIn. Reaching 80 is a time when most sane people decide to drop away from a career that has probably carried them through six decades of ups and downs and in-betweens’. Achievements to be proud of, failures to be reflected upon, and missed opportunities that …

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The Great Deflation

This post originally appeared on Ian Sigalow’s blog. Back in 2011, my friend Geoff Judge introduced me to a start-up called Longtail Video. At the time Longtail had a popular video player with 500K free users, and a smaller number of customers who had paid a one-time license fee. It …

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The Importance of Side Projects

This post originally appeared on Teddy Citrin’s Medium blog. Life is filled with peaks and troughs. A low point at work combined with a low point personally, can make you feel pretty hopeless. I was in one of these ‘combination’ low points 2 years ago. I had just found out …

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It’s Never Over Till It’s Over

*This article was first published via LinkedIn Pulse* We all know the euphoric feeling when a venture investment, after a reasonable holding period, is sold, and then some time later, when you receive all or a portion of the escrow payment, you sigh with an even greater sense of relief. …

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Running On the High Road

This post originally appeared on John Elton’s Medium blog. The on-demand economy is a race to take over the world and Racers have temptations to take shortcuts because the stakes are high. Some of these shortcuts are smart and accelerate companies, like Airbnb’s early Craigslist growth hack. Others are shortsighted …

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How To Break Through Online Video Clutter

*An edited version of this post first appeared on TechCrunch* Every day, there are press announcements about traditional content brands making their content available to consumers online in over the top models. Interestingly, even traditional content distributors, like Dish Networks, are beginning to offer parts of their services to consumers …

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ACORNS: Why we’re nutty about this investment

Since the inception of Wall Street, there has been tremendous friction that keeps consumers from opening their first investment accounts. First, consumers must have saved adequate capital, typically thousands of dollars, to be able to access most investment products. Second, consumers must move these funds from a bank account to …

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