Venture capitalists, whether part of a firm or independent angel investors, play an important role in financing tech innovation. These movers and shakers dominate venture funding.
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With a 40-year career in private equity and $35 billion under management, Alan Patricof of Greycroft LLC has plenty of doors open to him. Patricof, who serves as a board member of both the New York Small Business Venture Fund and New Jobs for New York Association, as well as the Board of Trustees of Columbia University Graduate School of Business, also sits on the boards of TechnoServe, Trickle Up Program, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), and the Global Advisory Board of Endeavor. He also is a board member of the Millennium Challenge. As founder and managing partner of Greycroft, Patricof and his team have built a portfolio that includes Apple, AOL, the Huffington Post, Joyent, Sportgenic, HealthPlanOne, and Sometrics.