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Adam Benowitz

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Adam Benowitz
ResidenceNew York, New York
Alma materUC Berkeley
Home townPlymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

Adam David Benowitz (born April 16, 1965) is an American entrepreneur, financier, and poker player. He is best known as the CEO of Vision Capital Advisors. Benowitz is currently a founder and managing partner of Nordic Innovations Lab and Vox Capital.

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Originally from Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Benowitz graduated from Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School before attending UC Berkeley where he received a B.A. in Psychology. After graduating, he started a career on Wall Street in 1989, working for over a decade as an options trader, portfolio manager, and various other roles in finance.

Career[edit | edit source]

Vision Capital Advisors[edit | edit source]

In 1999, Benowitz, along with his childhood friend Randolph Cohen, co-founded Vision Capital Advisors, the largest small cap equity hedge fund of its time.[1] The two named their company Vision Capital as a joke, given that Benowitz is blind in one eye and Cohen suffers from a degenerative retinal disorder. Benowitz served as CEO of Vision Capital, directing over 150 portfolio companies spanning multiple countries and industries, at one point managing well over 900 million dollars in assets. In 2006, Benowitz was featured on the cover of ValueRich Magazine[2], discussing micro-cap finance[3].

Converge Media[edit | edit source]

In 2013, Benowitz turned a lifelong dream of working in entertainment into reality, co-founding the Converge Media Group with manager Rick Dorfman and actor/comedian J.B. Smoove. The firm produced TV series, including "Four Courses with J.B. Smoove"[4] and managed talent, including comedians such as Smoove himself, as well as producers including Madeliene Smith (The Daily Show) and Ryan Ling (The Girl Code, The Guy Code)[5]. In 2015, the company was successfully acquired by Danny Zappin's Zealot Networks.[6]

Nordic Innovations Labs[edit | edit source]

In 2015, Benowitz partnered with Harri Hursti, a Finnish hacker made famous for his role in the HBO documentary "Hacking Democracy" wherein Hursti participated in the Black Box Voting group, hacking Diebold Election Systems. Together, Benowitz and Hursti, along with Margaret McAlpine, founded Nordic Innovations Lab, a cybersecurity consulting firm. The company has been hired to secure elections by multiple states and nations and continues to expand their growth.[7]

Other Ventures[edit | edit source]

Benowitz is a founding partner of Exsight Ventures[8], an investment firm in optical research and surgical tools. He is also a partner of Vox Capital, a business-management consulting firm.[9]

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Benowitz is an avid poker player, having played in the World Series of Poker several times, among other tournaments.[10]

Benowitz is also a self-proclaimed television nerd, praising shows like Lost, Breaking Bad, and Arrested Development. He is also a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Vision Capital Advisors | Crunchbase". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  2. "valuerich-magazine-summer-2006-adam-benowitz". Issuu. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  3. Editorial, Reuters. "Vision Capital scored big with its Harvard ties". U.S. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  4. "Four Courses with JB Smoove". www.msgnetworks.com. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  5. "Ryan Ling". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  6. "Zealot Networks Acquires J.B. Smoove's Converge Media Group (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  7. AUDITAZ (2017-08-01), Harri Hursti, Subject Matter Expert & Co-founder of Nordic Innovation Labs @ DEF CON 25, retrieved 2018-06-15
  8. "Impacting Eye Care". EXSIGHT VENTURES. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  9. "Adam Benowitz | Chief Executive Officer | VOX Capital NYC". VOX Capital NYC. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  10. "Adam Benowitz's profile on The Hendon Mob". The Hendon Mob Poker Database. Retrieved 2018-06-15.

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