Catching up with Corinne Riley
SaaS that Helps Businesses Grow
Corinne Riley joined Greylock nine months ago — and hit the ground running.
Corinne has played a vital role in helping Greylock find our next wave of great B2B investments. She has already been critical to Greylock’s investments in Postscript, a SMS commerce tool for Shopify merchants, and Common Room, a platform that helps companies deepen their relationships with their communities.
With an eye on the themes I’ve personally been most excited about (new school SaaS, arming the builders, and the future of work), Corinne also has been diving into commerce infrastructure, customer engagement, and fintech products that help businesses grow.
Corinne’s value as a thought partner to me and our entire investment team was immediate. She has a great instinct for trends and technology with potential impact. She interviewed at Greylock with a thesis on SMS commerce, which is an area where my partner Mike Duboe and I were already hunting. Recently, she began publicly sharing her thoughts about Community-Led Growth, articulating the growing need we’ve seen for tools that enable companies to better serve their increasingly-online and increasingly-fragmented (but also increasingly powerful) user communities. Her work contributed to our investment in Common Room two months later.
Outside of looking for the next great B2B SaaS founders, Corinne is spending time in fintech, the API economy, and Robotic Process Automation (RPA). On the company-building front, Corinne serves as a resource to entrepreneurs developing their strategy around community-led growth. She provides keen analytical skills to our companies, with on-the-ground support ranging from customer segmentation and TAM analysis to SaaS metrics. Finally, Greylock is a network as much as a partnership, and she helps companies leverage Greylock’s broad and deep network of customers, recruits and advisors.
Originally from a small coastal town in Italy, Corinne has done tours of duty at startups in Paris and Bangladesh. Most recently, she worked at Morgan Stanley with the Zoom and Uber teams on their IPOs, and with Palantir on their Direct Listing. These franchise companies innovated not only in product, but also in business model; they are creative pioneers in product-led growth, marketplaces and technology-enabled services. Corinne’s deep understanding of — and storytelling for — these companies is an incredible asset to the next generation of entrepreneurs. We were impressed with Corinne’s growth mindset, commercial instinct, passion for technology, analytical rigor, work ethic and strongest recommendations from people we have great respect for, such as Eric Yuan, founder/CEO of Zoom, and Michael Grimes, legendary tech banker.
We aspire to be the best early stage venture investors in the business, but also to achieve that the right way. Corinne is our type of investor: competitive and committed to high performance, but always team-oriented, founder-first and committed to intellectual honesty.
Please reach out to Corinne. I’m thrilled to work with her, and I know founders will be too! You can find her at corinne [at] greylock.com and follow at Twitter or LinkedIn.
Greylock’s editorial team caught up with Corinne to hear more from her about where she’s focused and what challenges she is looking to tackle through tech investing. Read more: