A New York VC Spotlight: Mark Patricof



With a start as an editorial assistant at Premiere magazine, Mark Patricof has carried his media background into his current role as partner at MESA+.  The firm focuses on consumer Internet, content, advertising/marketing and e-commerce companies in New York.  He also carries with him a venture capitalist legacy — his father is Alan Patricof, often noted as a “founding father” of venture capital.

In a 2012 statement to BetaBeat about launching the fund for the new branch of MESA Ventures, Patricof said there was great crossover appeal between tech, media and entertainment: “These industries have increasingly become intertwined; the complex relationship between these industries has made it difficult for many entrepreneurs to build their businesses.”  According to AngelList, Patricoff invests in about 12-24 startups at $100-$250,000 a year.  Partners of MESA+ include Condé Nast, Saban Capital and Sony Music.

Patricof worked at the Creative Artists Agency for 5 years before becoming the head of business development at the Voyager Company, a multimedia publishing group.  His last position prior to MESA was as president of Studio Red, a joint venture from the Rockwell Group and the Coca-Cola Company. MESA aided in securing a $10 million investment from the Coca-Cola Company for the Rockwell Group.

Patricof was a 1999 Clio Award winner, which honors the best in advertising, design and communications. In 2001, he served as a judge for the awards and was also a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

He received a B.A. from Emory University.

VC Firm:
Co-Founder and Managing Partner at MESA Global (Founded in 2003)
Managing Partner at MESA+ (Founded in 2012)

Sector Focus:
Digital Media, Brand Marketing, E-Commerce, Mobile Advertising.

Selected Investments:

Beauty.com sold to Drugstore.com for $42 million

The Rockwell Group
New York Cruise Lines
NEP Broadcasting
Chairman for the Board of New Heights

Expertise Areas:
Venture Capital, Investment Banking, Growth Capital, Angel Investing, Private Equity, E-Commerce, Startups, Entrepreneurship.

Blogs, Twitter & Websites:
Company Website

Memorable Quotes:
On the launch of MESA+ in an interview with Venture Beat:  “We would never go out and raise a traditional fund that competes with sponsors of our core clients.”

On expanding its growing entertainment operations back in 2011:  “We’re very focused on Hollywood business services as a category.  I think it’s an innovative, very unique opportunity to differentiate ourselves from what a traditional investment bank might do.”

On the trend to invest in:  “Anyone with money wants to invest in the Internet.  I could pick up my phone — honestly, this is true — and in 30 minutes, finance a company.”


About the author: Stephanie Santana

After receiving a dual degree in magazine journalism and anthropology, Stephanie moved to Korea to teach English to elementary students for two years. During her time there, she started a website for salsa dancing in Korea, BusanSalsafied.com. She is currently an editorial assistant at AlleyWatch and is happy to back in New York at an exciting time for startups.  She likes to document her experiences here: stephaniesantana.tumblr.com.

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