Wisdom Lives in Words

Memorable Quotes by Alan Patricof

I got my first job at a firm called Naess & Thomas.
Alan Patricof
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In times of huge fiscal deficits, no new revenues can be ignored, and renouncing any becomes well nigh politically impossible.
Alan Patricof
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.
Alan Patricof
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.
Alan Patricof
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.
Alan Patricof
Google is addictive.
Alan Patricof
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.
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.
Alan Patricof
I was very early on in taking venture capital abroad: to Europe first, then Asia.
Alan Patricof
We've done education nonprofit through our history, and maybe the profit motive will be helpful.
Alan Patricof
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.
Alan Patricof
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.
Alan Patricof
I love art; I collect mostly modern art.
Alan Patricof
Every venture capitalist says at some point, 'I wish I could run this company myself' - to be the entrepreneur instead of the investor.
Alan Patricof
The only thing... in-store retailing has that online doesn't have is it has the ability to touch, smell, feel, and experience.
Alan Patricof
I think CSR, corporate social responsibility, is something that is becoming front and center.
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.
Alan Patricof
It's tough, no matter how good your technology is, to police every single comment coming up.
Alan Patricof
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.
Alan Patricof
The advent of interactive communications has created an inflection point where it's economical to provide education differently than in the past.
Alan Patricof
My philosophy, in a nutshell, is to wipe out the greatest amount of risk with the least amount of money.
Alan Patricof
The Enterprise Value Tax is unprecedented, punitive, and has no justification in the tax code.
Alan Patricof
All American consumers have the same needs - to buy great consumer products, with savings and value, and with the convenience of easy delivery.
Alan Patricof
It's hard to make small investments when you're a billion-dollar fund.
Alan Patricof
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.
Alan Patricof