Rich Grant

Founder & Managing Director

Bio

Rich has spent his entire career in roles focused on corporate growth and innovation – venture capital, strategy, and development.

Rich is a founder and currently serves as a managing director at Touchdown Ventures. Prior to founding Touchdown, Rich spent seven years in venture capital and strategic development at Comcast. Before that, Rich worked in corporate development for Sony Pictures and in investment banking for Lehman Brothers.

Rich graduated with highest honors from UC Santa Barbara and received an MBA from The Wharton School, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar.

Rich currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two boys.

 

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Experience

Rich has spent the past 6 years in corporate venture capital, first with Comcast Ventures and now at Touchdown Ventures. As a managing director at Touchdown Ventures, Rich is responsible for all aspects of the investment process including identifying, evaluating and executing new investments. Additionally, Rich supports the firm’s corporate partners and their portfolio companies on strategy and business development.

During his tenure as a principal at Comcast Ventures, Rich focused on a variety of sectors ranging from Consumer Retail to Enterprise Software. Rich’s investments/portfolio companies included: Bay Dynamics, Clearslide, CreativeLive, CTI Towers, DocuSign, Dollar Shave Club, EdgeConneX, Houzz, NinthDecimal, Quad Learning and Quantifind.

Prior to Comcast Ventures, Rich spent almost 10 years in operating roles for media and technology companies. Most recently, Rich was senior director of strategy & development for Comcast Interactive Media, where he focused on growth opportunities within emerging media and advertising. Prior to that, Rich worked in corporate development for Sony Pictures, responsible for strategic planning & investments/M&A within the television business unit. Earlier in his career, Rich worked as an investment banker for Lehman Brothers, spending time in both the financial sponsors and financial institutions groups.

Personal

Favorite teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Angels & Los Angeles Lakers

Favorite moment: Game 6 of the 2002 World Series when the Angels rallied from down 3 games to 2 and 5-0 in the 7th inning to win the only championship in the franchise’s history.

Favorite Player: Mike Trout – not only is he the best baseball player on the planet (and has the potential to be the best of this generation), but he is also an Eagles fan.