Raymond P. Thek Partner

New YorkNew Jersey
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Vice-Chair, Tech Group

Although innovation is not Ray Thek’s only passion, it certainly is the one that most drives his career. Ray sees innovation as “the engine behind 10,000 years of human development,” and he sees his role as keeping that engine well-fueled.

Ray is a deal lawyer who focuses on financings and exits for companies whose core assets are intellectual property. From start-ups to major corporations, he helps companies and investors identify, finance and monetize the technologies, processes, products and brands that will create the most value for them. This inevitably brings him into close and frequent contact with the entrepreneurs whose innovations so excite him.

Ray likes to work with investors to spot companies at their earliest possible stage, often when there’s nothing to see but an entrepreneur with a bright idea. From there, he advises the investors or founders on every facet of the development and financing of the business. He helps them build relationships with customers and strategic partners, and when the company matures to the point where it attracts buyers, he helps his clients plan for an orderly and successful exit.

He also works on the buy side, helping established companies of all sizes target and acquire other companies that are a good fit with their strategic objectives. He helps them think through the required characteristics and then spots the companies that possess them.

An angel investor in his own right, Ray is co-founder of FirstGrowthVC, which provides mentoring and peer group networking for high-potential tech entrepreneurs; co-founder and COO of GrapeArborVC, an angel investor group that advises and provides financial backing to promising tech start-ups; and is on the Executive Committee of AngelVineVC, a networking program that regularly brings together seed-stage investors and entrepreneurs to build the ecosystem in and around New York City.

In all these roles, Ray’s fondness for innovators and their innovations is palpable. His clients think of him as a problem solver and a creative deal maker who thinks — and lives — outside the box.

Ray describes himself as an avid reader of the classics, an “insane, maniacal hockey fan from the age of four” and a Civil War buff who has been to Gettysburg seven times.


Publications

NO PAIN - NO GAIN: Five Arguments Not to Have With Your Mezzanine & Late Round VC
LifeSciTech, Q4 2005
Raymond Thek, Eric H. Sillman
Lowenstein Sandler: Heads Into New Frontier, Picks Up the Stem Cell Gauntlet
New Jersey Business, June 2005
Raymond Thek, Gary Friedman, MD
New Jersey Takes Leadership Position in Stem Cell Research and Commercialization
New Jersey TechNews, June 2004
Raymond Thek, Gary Friedman, MD
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Press Mentions

In a San Francisco Chronicle article, FirstGrowthVC, founded by Ed Zimmerman, Kathi Rawnsley and Raymond P. Thek, is highlighted for giving the New York venture capital community access to talent, fellow entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors. , San Francisco Chronicle, Business Insider , July 7, 2010
Raymond P. Thek discusses New Jersey's leadership position in stem cell research and funding and addresses the legal community's expanding role in the field. , The Star Ledger , March 19, 2006
Raymond P. Thek discusses recent trends in biomedicine and the industry's effect on diagnostic imaging instrument manufacturers. , Chemical & Engineering News , July 25, 2005

Related Areas

Capital Markets & Securities
Corporate
Life Sciences
Mergers & Acquisitions
The Tech Group
Venture Capital, Angel Investing, and M&A

Education


Yale Law School ( J.D. , 1986 ) , Director, Yale Law and Technology Association and the Yale Federalist Society
Boston University ( B.A. , 1983 ) , magna cum laude

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey

Affiliations


  • AngelVineVC -- www.angelvinevc.com
    • Executive Committee 
  • Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies
    • Advisory Board Member
  • New Jersey Business Incubation Network
    • Counsel and Member
  • NJIT-Enterprise Development Center
    • Advisory Board Member
  • Guest Lecturer, Goergen Entrepreneurial Management Program, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School
  • Guest Lecturer, Columbia Business School
  • National Venture Capital Association
    • Patent Group Advisory Board Member
  • NJTC
    • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Edison Innovation Program
    • Advisory Board Member
  • NJ All Stars
    • Board Member