Alan Patricof, a venture capital pioneer, founded Greycroft, LLC in 2006. Greycroft is a venture capital firm, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, focused on the digital media sector. The firm has three funds – Greycroft I, II and III – with combined committed capital of $375 million. Prior to founding Greycroft, Mr. Patricof was the founder and chairman of Apax Partners, Inc. (formerly Patricof & Co. Ventures, Inc.), the U.S. arm of Apax Partners, Worldwide, LP, now one of the world’s leading private equity firms operating in 12 countries with $41 billion under management or advice.
During the past 40-plus years, Mr. Patricof has participated in the financing and development of a large number of public and private companies. Companies with which he has been involved at the initial stages are Apple Computer, America Online, Cadence Systems, Office Depot, FORE Systems, Cellular Communications, Inc., IntraLinks, Audible, Inc. and The Huffington Post. He currently serves on the board of Boston Properties and on the Board of Overseers of The Columbia School of Business. Mr. Patricof is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, venture capital and social impact investing.
Mr. Patricof has been active in the New York and Washington communities and has been a board member of TechnoServe, The Trickle Up Program, Global Advisory Board of Endeavor and Applied Sciences NYC Advisory Board. From 2007 to 2012, he served two terms as a Board Member of the Millennium Challenge Corporation and, from 1993 to 1995, he served as Chairman of the White House Conference on Small Business Commission. He has also served as Vice Chairman of the Corporate Council on Africa, Study on Increasing Capital Flow to Africa and served on the UNDP Commission on Development Capital.
Mr. Patricof holds a BS in Finance from Ohio State University and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is married to his wife Susan for over 40 years and he has three sons, Mark, Jonathan and James, and seven grandchildren.
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