WHO WE ARE


A partnership between serial entrepreneur Gil Beyda and Comcast Ventures, Genacast brings the best of “been there, done that” start-up experience and seasoned venture investing. Our special DNA enables us to provide unique perspective and value to companies we invest in.

B2B Focus

We invest in B2B technology companies, as well as marketplaces that facilitate B2B transactions. We look for companies that can scale quickly and are focused on large market opportunities (>$100M).

We invest in B2B technology companies, as well as marketplaces that facilitate B2B transactions. We look for companies that can scale quickly and are focused on large market opportunities (>$100M).

Seed Stage

We are typically first or second money in seed stage companies and will invest up to $1M, with participation in follow-on rounds. We are able to lead/co-lead and have a strong preference for priced rounds.

We are typically first or second money in seed stage companies and will invest up to $1M, with participation in follow-on rounds. We are able to lead/co-lead and have a strong preference for priced rounds.

East Coast

Because we see a correlation between proximity and value-add, we primarily invest in companies based in the Northeast (Boston to Washington D.C.). Multiple locations is fine as long as key management is nearby.

Because we see a correlation between proximity and value-add, we primarily invest in companies based in the Northeast (Boston to Washington D.C.). Multiple locations is fine as long as key management is nearby.

 

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HOW WE ADD VALUE


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Lead Investor. As a lead investor at the seed stage, we can work with founders to set the terms of the round. We also play an active board role by coaching management teams to turn validated product ideas into real companies.
Perspective. Our experience running and investing in startups gives us additional insight into the challenges that our companies face. Mistakes are unavoidable but we want you to make new mistakes, not the old ones.

Network. We have deep networks in the industries we invest in and will help our companies build relevant connections with potential customers and investors. We are also able to play an active role in hiring and team-building.
Comcast Partnership. We have a close working relationship with Comcast/NBCU and are able to open doors and be an internal advocate if there are potential tie-ins.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR


Great Teams. Edison said: “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” We believe similarly: start-up success is 1% a good idea and 99% execution. A good idea is not enough. It takes a great team with brilliant execution to make a start-up successful.

Deep Technology. We are technology enthusiasts and gravitate towards start-ups with innovative technology that provides competitive advantages. We want to hear about your technical barriers to entry and the difficult engineering challenges that your team has overcome.

Capital Efficiency. While we celebrate the multi-hundred million dollar exit, we realize most start-ups will exit below one hundred million dollars and thus need to be capitalized such that all stakeholders win in this scenario. Our incentives are aligned with yours.

WHAT OUR FOUNDERS SAY


 

Our portfolio is job one. 

We are entrepreneurs ourselves and like to roll-up our sleeves and help our portfolio companies. The last company we funded is more important than the next one. If we can’t add value beyond our cash, we won’t invest.

WHAT WE'RE THINKING ABOUT


Big Data
Cloud Computing / Machine Learning / NLP / Predictive Analytics

The data that companies collect is rapidly increasing in volume, velocity, and variety due to an abundance of new devices and sensors in operation. Companies are looking to unlock the value in their data and discover business insights. With larger and more complex data sets, we need new ways to store, manage, and process that information.

Developer Tools
APIs / Containers / DevOps / Microservices

As the importance of developers within organizations grows and great talent becomes scarce, the number of tools that boost developers' productivity also increase. At the same time, new platforms are being developed for operations and support staff to resolve some of the technical issues through greater automation.

Security
Fraud Analytics / Mobile Security / Network Security

Cyberattack threats are now a top concern for all enterprises. Malicious actors are increasingly sophisticated and vulnerabilities in new media and the Internet of Things are opening the door to additional attack vectors for these cybercriminals. The need for advanced security technology is more important than ever.

Internet of Things
Enterprise Mobility / Networking / Sensors / Wearables

Lightweight sensors are being deployed across all industries to capture new data. Heavy assets are also being transformed into connected devices, giving businesses continuous visibility into products and processes. New connected ecosystems will mix software platforms with real-world data in unprecedented ways.

Invisible Apps
Vertical-specific Apps vs. Platforms / Workflow Orchestration

New approaches to application design and user experience have emerged as a result of the trend towards "consumer-izing" enterprise technology. Natural mediums such as chat and voice, powered by advances in natural language processing and interconnected across the cloud, are allowing for more efficient interactions with software.

B2B Marketplaces
Goods Markets / Service Markets / Short-Term Asset Sharing

Online marketplaces for B2B transactions are attracting manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors with promises of new markets and growth. Sellers can more easily showcase their products with digital inventory lists and connect with buyers with online profiles. Dynamic pricing engines are also allowing for more efficient transactions for both parties.

 

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