Every time we hear the name of venture capitalist (and former New York owner) Alan Patricof’s newish company, Greycroft Partners, we are totally reminded of the childhood cartoon character He-Man and his Castle of Grayskull. Heh, we think to ourselves, because apparently on the inside we are a dorky 9-year-old boy. But reading Lloyd Grove’s interview with Patricof on Portfolio’s Website today, we realized that we’re not so far off. Patricof kind of is like He-Man of the Internet, albeit less blond and muscle-y. For starters, he seems to have He-Man’s telepathic powers (he got in on the ground floor of Apple and America Online). He’s in charge of almost everything (Greycroft is invested in dozens of digital start-ups and young companies, including the Huffington Post). He travels the world doing good (he does a ton of pro-bono work for developing countries). He never seems to slow down (dude is 73 and is in the office from 6 a.m. to 7p.m. every day). He is resistant to damage. And what group does He-Man belong to, again? That’s right: The Masters of the Universe. But now we’re wondering: Does this make Rupert Murdoch Skeletor?
World According to … Alan Patricof [Portfolio]