Grant Son, Founder and CEO

Leading the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs in the classroom and in the marketplace. Serving as a diverse voice and catalyst for innovation.

Grant Son is a highly-rated lecturer, co-author of a Harvard Business School case study, successful startup CEO, and venture partner who works with firms from early stage startups to large corporations to launch new ventures, transform businesses for rapid growth and drive business success. 

As CEO, Grant grew a previous startup into a top-10 sports technology company acquired by ESPN. As CEO, he raised three rounds of venture financing after seed round financing including: series A, series B, and series C. Grant’s teaching experience includes serving as a full-time faculty member at Columbia University. His professional experience includes over 30 years of marketing, e-commerce and digital media experience at iconic brands including the NFL and Sports Illustrated where he has acquired over 70 million paid subscribers, generated sales revenue of over $4.2 billion and managed a P&L of $230 million.

Grant is a highly-rated lecturer and a full-time faculty member at Columbia University currently serving as Senior Lecturer and teaches graduate-level courses in the discipline of Entrepreneurship and Sports Management. He is co-author of a Harvard Business School case study. Prior to joining Columbia, Grant taught Entrepreneurship and Sports Marketing courses at the Yale School of Management and Columbia Business School.

Grant is CEO of Greater Good Ventures, a firm he founded in 2009 serving nonprofits, charities, academic institutions, and expanded to include startups, growth ventures and established corporations. Significant engagements include: Cornell University, HockeyTech, Sports195 and Sequel Studios. 

Grant’s education includes a BA from the University of Pennsylvania (1985) and an MBA from Columbia Business School (1994) with Beta Gamma Sigma honors. 

Grant is an avid athlete and sports fan. He has over 20 years of experience coaching soccer and tennis. Grant runs three miles a day. He has attended every major sporting event, including six Super Bowls, World Cup Soccer, World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, championship boxing, and two Olympics (Barcelona and Atlanta).

 

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