Kamran Ansari, Non-Executive Director
14 NOVEMBER 2014
Based in New York, Kamran is an experienced venture capitalist and technology executive. His investment focus includes mobile-enabled technologies, including payments & financial technologies, social media/messaging, and video.
Kamran leads Greycroft’s investments in Azimo, Boxed Wholesale, Cord Project, Epoxy.TV Fortumo, Floored 3D, Highlight & Trustev, and works closely with our investment in PeopleLinx. He also led our prior investment in Venmo (acquired by Braintree), Braintree (acquired by PayPal), and BalconyTV (acquired by Orchard).
Before Greycroft, Kamran was Head of Corporate & Business Development at MyYearbook/MeetMe, a large social networking platform with over 70MM users. At MyYearbook, he focused on mobile apps and mobile advertising, currency, and commerce. Kamran worked on the sale of MyYearbook to QuePasa.com for $100 million in 2011 (now public, NYSE AMEX: ‘MEET’). Before MyYearbook, Kamran was at Oak Hill Capital and at Tenaya Capital. At Tenaya, Kamran worked on investments including Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: ‘PANW’), Zuora, Funny Or Die, jaxtr (acquired by Sabse Technologies), Wintegra (acquired by PMC-Sierra), and supported Tenaya’s investments in Kayak (NASD: ‘KYAK’), Zappos (acquired by Amazon), MarkLogic, and Composite Software. Kamran was also a private direct investor in Facebook, Inc and spent time as a Strategic Advisor to Newsweek.com / Washington Post Digital. Kamran began his career at McKinsey & Company, and then was Director of Business Development at online advertising network, WhenU.
Kamran holds a BA in Ethics, Politics, & Economics from Yale, Cum Laude with Distinction, an MBA from Stanford Business School, and a JD from Stanford Law School. He has appeared numerous times on Bloomberg Television and Fox Business News, and is a regular speaker and mentor at the New York Venture Summit, NorthSide Conference, General Assembly NYC, Entrepreneurs Roundtable NYC, & AppNation Conferences, among others. He’s a member of the New York Bar and also an Admissions Interviewer for Stanford’s Business School program.