Alan J. Patricof ’57
Alan Patricof is the managing director of Greycroft, LLC, a venture capital firm focused on the digital media sector.
Prior to founding Greycroft in 2006, he was the founder and chairman of Apax Partners, Inc. (formerly Patricof & Co. Ventures, Inc.), the US arm of Apax Partners, Worldwide, LP, now one of the world’s leading private equity firms with $39 billion under management or advice.
During the past 40 years,he has participated in the financing and development of a large number of public and private companies. Companies that he has been involved with at the initial stages are Apple Computer, America Online, Cadence Systems, Office Depot, FORE Systems, Cellular Communications, Inc., and Audible, Inc. He is also a board member of TechnoServe, Trickle Up Program, and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), and a member of the the global advisory board of Endeavor. In addition, he is a member of the Initiative for Global Development (IGD) Leadership Council.
In June 2007, Mr. Patricof was appointed to the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation by the president of the United States. He has also served as an adviser to the IFC, focusing on the area of small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), and as a member of the UNDP’s Commission on the Private Sector & Development; in addition, he was vice chairman of the Commission on Increasing Capital Flows to Africa. From 1993 to 1995, he served as chairman of the White House Conference on Small Business Administration.
Mr. Patricof holds a BS in finance from Ohio State University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He has been married to his wife, Susan, for 39 years and he has three sons, Mark, Jonathan and James, as well as six grandchildren, Lily, Nina, Jack, Chloe, Riley and Sawyer.