J.B. Pritzker

Founder

What in the world of tech do you find to be the most interesting?

I grew up in a home where we were taught to build – businesses, organizations, movements. It’s what my parents did both as vocation and avocation. So partnering with other entrepreneurs to change the world with people and technology is what fascinates me.”

What do you consider your strongest quality to be?

Ambition to organize and tackle big problems.”

What is your favorite book? Why?

Three Score After Ten by Nicholas Pritzker. It tells the story of an immigrant family’s escape from oppression and of the author’s struggles and success in America. It’s in many ways the story of an entrepreneur, beaten down at times but never lacking in optimism and willing to fight on to attain the American Dream.”

How do you spend time away from work?

When I’m away from work, I like working. Seriously. I love what I do. I’m fascinated by problem solving, connecting dots. So I love tackling big issues through philanthropy and public policy. Family is always top of mind and heart.”

J.B. Pritzker is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He is founder of Pritzker Group, a private investment firm with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. Pritzker Group has three principal investment teams: Private Capital, which acquires and operates leading North America-based companies; Venture Capital, which provides early-stage and growth venture funding to technology companies throughout the United States; and Asset Management, which partners with top-performing investment managers across global public markets.

Pritzker Group Private Capital acquires North America-based middle-market companies with leading positions in the manufactured products, services and healthcare sectors. Pritzker Group brings significant resources, expertise and credibility in building businesses and is an ideal partner for entrepreneur- and family-owned companies.

Pritzker Group Venture Capital, founded in 1996 as New World Ventures, is the largest technology venture investor based in the Midwest. The firm invests nationally in rapidly growing technology companies during their early and growth stages, with a principal focus on enterprise, consumer, digital health and emerging technologies.

Mr. Pritzker is a recognized entrepreneurial leader advocating a stronger national technology sector focus as a driver of the US economy. He founded 1871, one of the world’s leading incubators, and served as the founding chairman of ChicagoNEXT, Chicago’s council on innovation and technology. In that capacity, he led the first Chicago Venture Summit and participated in the creation of MATTER, Chicago’s co-working space for entrepreneurs in healthcare IT, medical devices, diagnostics and biopharma. He played an important role in the creation of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, the nation’s top regional private equity association, and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, the leading regional advocate for entrepreneurs. He also co-founded Chicago Ventures (f.k.a. I2A Fund) and funded the startup of Techstars Chicago.

Pritzker Group Asset Management partners with leading investment managers across the global public markets.

Mr. Pritzker has won numerous business awards, including EY’s Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award, ACG’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Tech Investor of the Year by the Moxie Awards, Entrepreneur Champion by the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, and numerous awards from Young Presidents Organization.

Mr. Pritzker earned an A.B. in political science from Duke University and a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law. He lives in Chicago with his wife, M.K., and their two children.

 

   

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