Kamran Ansari

Board Partner

New York, NY

Kamran Ansari

Kamran has been a venture investor and operator for 15 years in both Silicon Valley and New York, focused on fintech and commerce, at companies including Pinterest, Facebook, Venmo, Braintree, MyYearbook/MeetMe, Boxed Wholesale, Acorns, Bread Finance, Recurly, and more.

Kamran has been a Principal, Venture Partner, and now Board Partner at Greycroft since early 2012.

He was also, from 2015-2017, the Head of Corporate Development at Pinterest (‘PINS’) – the first, dedicated outside hire brought in to drive acquisitions & strategy, and to help scale Pinterest during its hyper-growth phase.

At Pinterest, Kamran led 9 acquisitions — including Jelly, Instapaper, Highlight, URX, Fleksy, & TheHunt — and spearheaded reviews of hundreds of potential opportunities.  He also worked on product extensions and company strategy across commerce, advertising, payments, and AI/Machine Learning.

At Greycroft, Kamran leads our current investments in Boxed Wholesale, Azimo, Credit Key, SISU, Vayu, and Billie, and prior investments in Recurly (acquired by Accel-KKR), Fortumo (acquired by Boku), Bread Finance (acquired by Alliance Data Systems), Custora (acquired by Amperity), Floored 3D (acquired by CBRE), and Cord (acquired by Spotify).  Kamran also managed Greycroft’s investment in Venmo (acquired by Braintree), and Co-led our investments in Braintree (acquired by PayPal) and Trustev (acquired by TransUnion), and helped execute the fund’s original investment in Acorns.

Earlier, Kamran was an operator at MyYearbook/MeetMe (‘MEET,’ acquired by ProSebien for $500M), an early private investor in Facebook (‘FB’), and a VC at Tenaya Capital, where he worked on early venture investments in Palo Alto Networks (‘PANW’), New Relic (‘NEWR’), and Zuora (‘ZUO’), and supported portfolio companies Zappos (acquired, ‘AMZN’) and Kayak (acquired, ‘PCLN’).

Kamran began his career at McKinsey & Company, and holds a B.A. from Yale, and both M.B.A and J.D. degrees from Stanford.  He’s an admissions interviewer for Stanford’s business school, and a member of the New York State Bar.  He is also featured on CNBC, Cheddar TV, Bloomberg, and Fox Business News discussing various technology topics.