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Alan Patricof on Investing in Tech Innovation and Israel’s Rise as Hi-Tech Superpower
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Alan Patricof on Investing in Tech Innovation and Israel’s Rise as Hi-Tech Superpower

When: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Where: DLA Piper
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York  10020
United States
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Alan Patricof on Investing in Tech Innovation and Israel’s Rise as Hi-Tech Superpower


Featuring a “Lightning Round” by 10 most innovative tech startups from Israel


A fireside chat with Alan Patricof, founder and managing director of leading venture firm Greycroft Partners. Crain’s New York Hall of Fame has said that Alan, “Paved the way for Silicon Valley” and was instrumental in growing the venture capital field.

In 1969, Alan founded one of the first VC firms, Patricof & Co. Ventures Inc. Later, he founded Apax Partners and turned it into one of the largest PE firms in the world with $41 billion under management. Today, he invests with Greycroft, focusing on early-stage VC investing.

In a conversation with moderator Ed Frank of Axis Innovation, Alan will discuss a wide range of topics around how machine learning and technology are shaping our future, why VC firms care and how Israel continues to be an innovation hub.

The program will conclude with a “Lightning Round” by 10 startups from Israel, heralded “the most innovative” by our partners at Axis Innovation. Each startup will get 1 minute (timed) to do an elevator pitch of their company and idea with no slides or supporting material.

DATE: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
TIME: 6:00 – 8:30 PM
LOCATION: DLA Piper LLP; 1251 Avenue of the Americas; New York, New York 10020
TICKETS: CBSACNY members: $35.00; CBS students/faculty: $25.00; Non-members: $45.00 (NO WALK-INS ALLOWED AT THIS EVENT)


Alan Patricof is the founder and managing director of Greycroft LLC. A longtime innovator and advocate for venture capital, Alan entered the industry in its formative days with the creation of Patricof & Co. Ventures Inc., a predecessor to Apax Partners – today, one of the world’s leading private equity firms with $41 billion under management. He stepped back from the daily administration and operational aspects of Apax Partners, LP in 2004 to concentrate on a group of small venture deals on its behalf. In 2006, he founded Greycroft Partners, a venture capital firm, to invest in leading early and expansion stage investments in digital media. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, Greycroft is currently investing from its fourth Fund as well as its Growth Fund, and has $800MM under management.

With a 40-plus year career in venture capital, Alan has been instrumental in growing the venture capital field from a base of high net-worth individuals to its position today with broad institutional backing, as well as playing a key role in the essential legislative initiatives that have guided its evolution. He has helped build and foster the growth of numerous major global companies, including, among others, America Online, Office Depot, Cadence Systems, Cellular Communications, Inc., Apple Computer, FORE Systems, NTL, IntraLinks, and Audible. He was also a founder and chairman of the board of New York magazine, which later acquired the Village Voice and New West magazine.

Alan is active in the New York and Washington communities. He is a board member of the Finance Committee of Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem and the Board of Overseers of Columbia School of Business. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In October 2013, he was appointed as a Member of the President’s Global Development Council by Barack Obama. From 2007 to 2012, he served two terms on the board of Millennium Challenge Corporation, having been appointed by Presidents Bush and Obama respectively. From 1993 to 1995, he served as Chairman of the White House Conference on Small Business Commission in The Clinton Administration. In addition, he is a former board member of TechnoServe, Trickle Up Program, Global Advisory Board of Endeavor, Applied Sciences NYC Advisory Board, and the Initiative for Global Development (IGD) Leadership Council. He is currently an advisor to Disney’s Accelerator Program.

Alan holds a BS in Finance from Ohio State University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is married to his wife Susan for over forty years; he has three children and seven grandchildren.

(Moderator) Ed Frank is the CEO of Axis Innovation, a corporate finance boutique, focused on Israeli and European digital economy transactions. Since its foundation in 2014, Axis Innovation has successfully completed 18 transactions and has executed numerous projects for international investors and corporations seeking to engage with Israeli and European innovation. Axis also hosts and organizes quality conferences in 10 countries, connecting the most innovative startups with notable investors and corporations. Prior to Axis Innovation, Ed was the CEO of IDT Ventures, which invested in Hopstop (exit to Apple) and LateNiteLabs (exit to Macmillan). Ed holds a BS in engineering and an MBA, both from Columbia University.


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A special thanks to Ed Frank, CEO of Axis Innovation and Member of the CBS Alumni Club of Israel, and Aziza Jamgerchinova, President of CBS Alumni Club of New York, for organizing this event.

Our deep gratitude to DLA Piper LLC for their generosity in hosting this event.

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