Mr. Grigsby is an experienced entrepreneur, business leader and venture capital investor with more than 30 years of technology and business experience. Mr. Grigsby has been actively involved in early stage finance and business development for the past 20 years.
Mr. Grigsby currently holds the CEO/CFO position in Netherlands based Good Shepherd Entertainment, a venture backed full service video game publishing & finance company. In addition, Mr. Grigsby is the Managing Partner with Corsa Ventures an Austin Texas based early stage Venture Capital Firm founded by Mr. Grigsby in 2012.
In 2009 Mr. Grigsby founded Raven Venture Partners; an early stage venture capital Pledge Fund focused on equity financing of Digital Entertainment, Software, & E-commerce businesses. In 2008 Mr. Grigsby founded GHI Media to develop a small publishing and production services label targeting niche video game title opportunities in Europe, Eastern Europe and US markets. GHI Media currently operates under the label “Devolver Digital” and is one of the largest Independent Video Game Publishers in the world. In 2006, Mr. Grigsby led the formation and funding of Gamecock Media, a full service global publisher of video games, where he served as a board advisor and management consultant prior to sale of the company in 2008. In 2003, Mr. Grigsby founded Venio Capital Partners, an early stage Venture Capital Pledge Fund. As a managing partner, Mr. Grigsby developed Venio’s early stage funding model serving the gap between angel and traditional venture capital.
For the past 15 years, Mr. Grigsby has been actively involved in management consulting, board advisement and M&A activities associated with early and mid stage company development. Since 2001, Mr. Grigsby was a founder or investor in venture backed acquisition exits to Fortune 100 companies such as IBM, Motorola, Applied Materials, Sales Force, HEB & (2) IPOs. Currently Mr. Grigsby is an active investor in more than 20 companies and board member or adviser to Revival Cycles, Yellow Bird Sauce, Key Concierge, Hive9, and Open Lending. In addition to investment and early stage company formation experience, Mr. Grigsby has an extensive technology, operations and business development background. In 1999 Mr. Grigsby co-founded Global Knowledge Services (GKS), a semiconductor Software as a Service business which was later acquired by Applied Materials in 2001. Post acquisition, Mr. Grigsby was principally responsible for the integration, positioning, and selling of GKS products and services in the US, Asia and Southern European territories.
Prior to GKS, Mr. Grigsby spent 10 years in the Visual & Telecommunications Industries holding various Senior Management positions in Engineering and Product Development. During his tenure at VTEL Corporation, Mr. Grigsby was responsibility for a $50M multi-site development organization, leading research and development of the company’s telecommunications product lines.
Prior to working in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Grigsby worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center where he participated in the shuttle re-launch programs after the Challenger accident. During this period, Mr. Grigsby held an Engineering position with Lockheed Corp providing technical support to NASA’s crew familiarization, training, and flight hardware test programs.
Prior to NASA, Mr. Grigsby spent 5 years working in the professional and consumer audio industries working as a technician while pursuing Engineering and Physics undergraduate studies.
Mr. Grigsby received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering & Physics from the University of Oklahoma in 1989. Post Lockheed/NASA, Mr. Grigsby undertook graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma completing a Master’s of Science degree in Optical Electronics & Physics in 1992.
Mr. Grigsby was raised in Texas and Oklahoma where he was one of seven children. Mr. Grigsby has been a resident of Austin, Texas since completing graduate studies in 1992. As a father of three (3) children, Mr. Grigsby enjoys the outdoors, recreational tennis, boating and occasional paddle boarding on Ladybird Lake. Mr. Grigsby is an avid motor sports fan and currently participates as a driver in the Sports Car Club of America’s regional, national, professional Club Racing Series.