Byron Ling

Byron focuses his investing activities on consumer web and next generation commerce platforms.

Bio

Byron was previously at Gilt Groupe, joining as an early marketer, and later leading the company’s corporate development efforts. He launched the company’s CRM marketing efforts, while working closely with the product team to build out the first loyalty platform. He later led the company’s corporate development efforts, including the sale of Jetsetter to TripAdvisor, debt/equity fundraising, and launching the company’s third-party distribution business. Prior to Gilt Groupe, Byron worked in investment banking at Sagent Advisors, focusing on food, drug and specialty retail M&A.

Byron earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. from Case Western Reserve University.

The Rest of the Story

Born and raised in Princeton, NJ, I have lived in New York City for most of my professional life (with brief detours in Cleveland and Philadelphia for school). I started a small bicycle e-commerce business in high school that initially sold specialized brake pads, and later expanded into other bike components. After a brief stint in investment banking, I followed my interest in e-commerce and joined Gilt Groupe. Learning from a team of seasoned operators, I had a jack of all trades experience - creating marketing infrastructure and analytics, managing a team of customer support associates, launching new categories and fundraising. Outside of my professional life, I am an avid traveler, aspiring chef and wannabe surfer.

Stuff You Wouldn't Know

First job: I worked as a bicycle mechanic in my teenage years, and subsequently went to mechanic school in Colorado at age 15 to get certified. There is something incredibly rewarding about building a bicycle from scratch.

Most humbling life experience: Hiking the Hang En caves in central Vietnam – these recently discovered caves are the largest, natural underground formations in the world. Reaching nearly 400 feet in height, these caves are a stunning example of our planet’s natural wonders – and a reminder that not everything can be consumed through a screen.

Random fact: Despite pursuing a finance job out of college, I had initially wanted to be a photojournalist. I did a minor in photography in undergrad, and was fascinated by Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work as the father of modern day photojournalism.