Justin founded Grind Ventures in 2018. He is a serial entrepreneur and investor. Justin began his career as a National Security and Foreign Policy Fellow to US Senator Saxby Chambliss in Washington D.C. He later joined Lehman Brothers as an investment banking analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group in New York where he advised private equity clients. Following Lehman Brothers, Justin transitioned from investment banking to private equity with Dubai International Capital “DIC” in both their Dubai and London offices, where he managed middle market private equity investments in consumer, industrial and entertainment industries. During his time at DIC, Justin served as a board observer to Mauser, the world's second largest industrial packaging company and Merlin Entertainments, a London Stock Exchange Listed Company and the world's second largest visitor attractions company after Disney. Justin later joined GI Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm that has raised over $17 billion in capital across private equity and real estate strategies.
Recognizing tremendous opportunities in both real estate and technology sectors, Justin left his private equity career to begin his entrepreneurial pursuits. He successfully launched and sold two ventures. In his first venture, he built a student housing real estate portfolio, which was acquired by an institutional investor. In his second venture, he built a software company providing social media management and analytics tools for the music industry, which was acquired by TuneCore, the world’s largest digital music distributor. Justin also worked as a finance associate with the Techstars Disney Accelerator in Los Angeles.
Justin graduated with Honors from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in Finance and A.B. in International Affairs, where he was a Bebe and Earl Leonard Leadership Scholar and commencement speaker of his graduating class. He is also a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology where he studied full stack web development. Justin is an active leader in his community and previously served as the Technology Chair of the Young Alumni Board of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and is also a member of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.
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