Gil Beyda, Founder & Managing Partner
Gil Beyda's Bio
Gil Beyda is the Founder & Managing Partner of Genacast Ventures, a seed fund formed in partnership with Comcast Ventures to invest in technology start-ups. Gil has invested in Invite Media (acquired by Google), Demdex (acquired by Adobe), DoubleVerify, Packlate, Divide (acquired by Google), Mortar Data (acquired by DataDog), LeadiD, YieldMo, Rocketrip, ZeroFox, RevMetrix, Overlap and STAQ.
Gil is a seasoned entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. Gil launched his first company Mind Games in 1982 to develop games for the original Apple II. Gil then started a software consulting firm with Fortune 100 clients in the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 1995, Gil helped pioneer Internet advertising by founding Real Media, the first online ad network and ad server company. After Real Media was acquired in 2001, Gil pioneered the next wave of online advertising as CTO of TACODA, the first behavioral targeting, ad network. Following AOL’s acquisition of TACODA in 2007, Gil founded Genacast Ventures.
Roger Chen, Principal
Roger Chen's Bio
Roger Chen is a Principal at Genacast Ventures, a seed fund formed in partnership with Comcast Ventures to invest in technology start-ups. Based in the New York office, Roger's responsibilities include evaluating investment opportunities, sourcing new deals, and managing the growth of existing portfolio companies. Roger also stays active in mentoring student entrepreneurs in New York and Philadelphia-based universities.
Prior to joining Genacast, Roger worked for Google as a PM on the Local AI team, where he led big data initiatives for Maps. He also spent time in the data science group, helping to bring scale to SecOps workflows in Maps and Chrome. In addition, Roger has been a consultant to several PE/VC firms, supporting investment diligence efforts with industry and technical knowledge. Roger graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science. He also earned his MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School.
Genacast Ventures Boilerplate
Genacast Ventures (www.genacast.com) invests in technology entrepreneurs with a vision and passion for forging new markets or disrupt old ones. Established in 2008 as a partnership between serial entrepreneur Gil Beyda (Real Media and Tacoda) and Comcast Ventures, Genacast’s commitment to helping exceptional entrepreneurs build great companies is already experiencing success with its first investment Invite Media being acquired by Google (Public, NASDAQ:GOOG), its second investment Demdex being acquired by Adobe (Public, NASDAQ:ADBE), its fifth investment Divide being acquired by Google and its sixth investment MortarData being acquired by DataDog. Current portfolio companies include DoubleVerify (advertising), Mortar Data (big data), LeadiD (lead generation), YieldMo (mobile advertising), Rocketrip (corporate travel), ZeroFox (security), RevMetrix (retail analytics), Overlap (scheduling) and STAQ (advertising). Genacast invests up to $1M in 4-6 seed-stage start-ups each year.
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