GIL BEYDA Founder & Managing Partner Twitter / LinkedIn

Founder & Managing Partner
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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 in partnership with Comcast Ventures.

What I love about my job:

  • Working with brilliant, passionate entrepreneurs to solve real problems
  • Strategizing with the CEO and architecting with the CTO
  • Regularly feeling stupid followed by learning something new
  • Getting out of my comfort zone and exploring new spaces
  • Falling in love with a startup, diligencing it and still being in love
MORGAN POLOTAN Principal Twitter / LinkedIn

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Morgan is a Principal with Genacast Ventures where his responsibilities include evaluating investment opportunities, sourcing new deals, and managing the growth of existing portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Genacast, Morgan worked at Bloomberg Beta, the venture firm backed by Bloomberg. He also spent time as a software engineer at Tapad and Market-Based Management instructor at the Charles Koch Institute. Morgan earned his BS from Northeastern University.

What I love about my job:

  • Supporting founders building category-defining businesses
  • Prioritizing company risks and designing experiments to mitigate them
  • Studying how new technologies could reshape markets
  • Being surrounded by people smarter than me
LIZ CRAWFORD Entrepreneur in Residence Twitter / LinkedIn

Entrepreneur in Residence
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Liz is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Genacast where her responsibilities include sourcing new deals, helping evaluate investment opportunities, and assisting existing portfolio companies.

Prior to Genacast, Liz was the CTO at Birchbox, a beauty startup. At Birchbox she built the engineering, product, and data science functions. She oversaw the scaling of Birchbox’s systems and consumer presence from supporting thousands of subscribers and shoppers to more than a million, across 6 countries, online and in store.

Liz has a long standing interest in developing personalized experiences. Liz earned a PhD in Computer Science at Carnegie Melon. She has published papers on topics ranging from Personal Assistants, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing, to Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Robotics.

What I love about my job:

  • Working with passionate founders building game changing products
  • Learning in detail about industries and areas of innovation that are new to me
  • Helping founders think through product, technology and management challenges
  • The opportunity to support diversity in the startup and technology ecosystem


Genacast Ventures was formed in partnership with Comcast Ventures.

Comcast Ventures  invests in innovative businesses that represent the next generation of entertainment, communications and digital technology by partnering with entrepreneurs who have the vision, passion and tenacity to succeed. Most investments are in the advertising, consumer, enterprise and infrastructure sectors. Comcast Ventures provides its portfolio companies with countless resources, relationships and know-how to help them perform at the highest possible levels.




We have a strong network of co-investors in our portfolio companies. Here are a few: