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With Kamran Ansari (Venture Partner, Greycroft).
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 12:30 PM   By Invite Only
Betaworks Studios, 29 Little W 12th St

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Join us on April 10th at 12:30pm for a lunch discussion with Kamran Ansari of Greycroft, covering what founders need to know in regards to mergers & acquisitions.

Kamran has been a venture capital investor & operator at companies including Pinterest, Facebook, Venmo, Braintree, MyYearbook/MeetMe, Boxed Wholesale, Acorns, Bread Finance, Recurly, & more.

Kamran has been a Principal & Venture Partner at Greycroft since early 2012. He was also, from 2015-2017, the Head of Corporate Development at Pinterest - the first, dedicated outside hire brought in to drive acquisitions & strategy for the $12BN+ enterprise.

At Pinterest, Kamran led 9 acquisitions - including Jelly, Instapaper, URX, Fleksy, & TheHunt - & spearheaded reviews of hundreds of potential opportunities. He also worked on product extensions & company strategy in areas spanning commerce, payments, AI / Machine Learning, & more, alongside executive, product, & engineering teams.

At Greycroft, Kamran's work has focused on the financial services area, along with other investments in software, commerce, & consumer businesses. He has driven investments in Boxed Wholesale, Azimo, Recurly, Fortumo, Bread Finance, Credit Key, Custora, Billie, Floored 3D (acquired by CBRE), & Cord (acquired by Spotify). Kamran also managed Greycroft's investment in Venmo (acquired by Braintree), Co-led investments in Braintree (acquired by PayPal) & Trustev (acquired by TransUnion), & helped execute the fund's original investment in Acorns.

Earlier, Kamran was an operator at MyYearbook/MeetMe, which went public for $100M in 2011 (MEET'). Before MyYearbook, Kamran was at Oak Hill Capital & at Tenaya Capital. At Tenaya, he worked on several successful investments including Palo Alto Networks (PANW') & Zuora (ZUO'), & assisted with portfolio companies including Zappos (acquired, AMZN') & Kayak (acquired, PCLN').

Kamran began his career at McKinsey & Company, & holds a B.A. from Yale, & both M.B.A & J.D. degrees from Stanford.

He brings unique viewpoints on scaling high-growth businesses & insights from both sides of the table - as a venture capitalist & Board Member for technology companies, & as an operator/corporate development executive.
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