Top Quotes by Alan Patricof

As a venture capitalist, I invest in people and ideas that are fresh, vibrant, and willing to disrupt the market. As a political donor, I like to see the same energy in the people I support.

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I think CSR, corporate social responsibility, is something that is becoming front and center.

Alan Patricof

We’ve done education nonprofit through our history, and maybe the profit motive will be helpful.

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I love art; I collect mostly modern art.

Alan Patricof

Cloud computing eliminates capital expenditure, so you can go global very quickly – you don’t have to have extensive servers in every country.

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Like many of my friends and associates, I am a life-long Democrat. We have a rock-solid commitment to supporting the political party that we so strongly believe offers the most promising vision of America: one that recognizes the proper role of government, the importance of compassion, and the value of diversity.

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I got my first job the old-fashioned way: I took an elevator to the top floor of many buildings and walked down floor by floor on the stairs going into every firm and asking the receptionist if she knew of any jobs available.

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Every venture capitalist says at some point, ‘I wish I could run this company myself’ – to be the entrepreneur instead of the investor.

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Your initial instincts about investments and people are usually correct. We do a lot of due diligence in this business and most of the time it comes out where we started.

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I got my first job at a firm called Naess & Thomas.

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It’s actually a pretty basic concept: when businesses feel secure and confident, they are more likely to grow, hire, and invest. Conversely, when the economy is unstable, businesses often become much more risk averse, and in many cases, they’re forced to make undesirable cuts that affect their bottom line.

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In my 40-plus years as a venture capitalist, I have come to appreciate the certainty a healthy economy provides for businesses both large and small.

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Our national debt poses a threat to all Americans and is particularly troublesome both for well-established businesses and for those seeking to enter into the marketplace.

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As someone who understands what’s needed for entrepreneurs and start-up companies to succeed, I can tell you there is nothing more integral to their success than operating in a stable financial system.

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In times of huge fiscal deficits, no new revenues can be ignored, and renouncing any becomes well nigh politically impossible.

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The Enterprise Value Tax is unprecedented, punitive, and has no justification in the tax code.

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It’s tough, no matter how good your technology is, to police every single comment coming up.

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Google is addictive.

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It’s hard to make small investments when you’re a billion-dollar fund.

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My philosophy, in a nutshell, is to wipe out the greatest amount of risk with the least amount of money.

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The advent of interactive communications has created an inflection point where it’s economical to provide education differently than in the past.

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The only thing… in-store retailing has that online doesn’t have is it has the ability to touch, smell, feel, and experience.

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I was very early on in taking venture capital abroad: to Europe first, then Asia.

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I didn’t understand the culture and what Starbucks was really about. It wasn’t a coffee shop. It was really a way of life… we suffer from thinking that since we have it in New York, or it won’t work in New York, that it won’t work some other place. That’s a discipline we keep trying to improve.

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All American consumers have the same needs – to buy great consumer products, with savings and value, and with the convenience of easy delivery.

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