Grant Olsen

San Diego, California, US

Founder RiffBiz.com
Grant's Skills
Business Development
Finance
Fundraising
Design
Marketing
Product Management
Sales
Operations
Technical
Management
User Experience
Strategy
Background

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

About Grant

I have nearly two decades experience in silicon valley as both an entrepreneur and with hands-on experience leading strategy, investments, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for some of the most acquisitive technology companies. I also have a Bachelors of Science from USC and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
I currently lead strategy and corporate development for the emerging businesses at a large innovative tech company. I’ve worked on projects in Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous systems (vehicles, drones, etc.), connected health, bioinformatics, eCommerce, SaaS, enterprise software, online video, social networks, and online gaming, among other areas.
As an investor, advisor, and acquirer, I’ve worked with hundreds of startups and entrepreneurs and seen the common traits that help increases their chances for success.

Work Experience

Advisor

GetApplr.com

July 2015 - December 2016

Founder

RiffBiz.com

January 2017 - Today

RiffBiz provides simple actionable steps, to increase your chances of success when you launch a business or new product. Use the proven techniques of Silicon Valley companies and other successful entrepreneurs and the best parts of the Lean Startup and Customer Development methodologies. Following this step by step guide will walk you through: Idea Generation Opportunity Assessment Key Hypotheses Validation Develop MVP Launch Customer Acquisition Legal Funding Scaling Optimizing Partnerships Business Operations Selling the Business

Corporate Development (M&A and investments)

Zynga

January 2011 - December 2012

Education

UC Berkeley

MBA

2005 - 2008