For more than 20 years, James Kollegger, CEO of Genesys Partners, has held court at The Union League Club, inviting high-profile venture capitalists, investment bankers, lawyers, innovators, academics, entrepreneurs and media folks to trade stories, talk deals, burnish images and sketch out what the future looks like—who’s creating it, who will fund it, who will own it and who’s likely to miss out.
This year would be no different, if, that is, you didn’t count the debut of GP’s new media asset, Agility First!, and the influx of new players associated with it. The private, invitation-only affair kicked off with a networking reception, followed by dinner, emceed by Kollegger and Gerry Mintz, co-founder of Agility First!, and in which industry vets Alan Patricof, Brian Cohen, John Patrick, Mark Walsh, Dirk Kanngiesser and a host of others captured the spirit of what’s to come with their remarks throughout the night. Not that it was all wine and roses, as evidenced by Patricof’s parting wisdom for the evening: “It’s a good time to hold tight to your chairs; be willing to say no. If you’re a startup or early-stage company, be realistic when you go out and raise money. Don’t just run to the most money.”by