Marc Graboff and Jordan Bender invite you to a conversation with Rick Smith, Co-Founder of Crosscut Ventures.

The event will cover the latest in innovation, research, and development happening here in Los Angeles, as well as inform the community about tech in Israel. It will present an opportunity to travel to Israel on a Tech Mission to learn more about those who are at the forefront of the tech revolution and see what the next few decades have in store for companies and SoCal Tech. This Mission is a rare collaboration with the San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles Jewish Federations that will take place at the end of January.

Space is limited — RSVP by Friday, November 9th.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Amy Shpall, Senior Vice President, Donor Experience, at (323) 761-8158 or

Cocktails and heavy appetizers. Dietary laws observed.


Registration is now closed for this event. Please call Alix Liiv at (323) 761-8048 for more information.


Rick Smith is a co-founder and managing director of CrossCut Ventures. CrossCut is an early-stage venture capital with over $200 million under management.

CrossCut’s investments are focused in consumer internet, enterprise Software, and gaming. CrossCut’s current and past portfolio companies include Fabletics, JustFab, Ipsy, Docstoc (sold to Intuit), GumGum, Pulpo Media (sold to Entravision), Data Science (sold to Oracle), Verve, Shoedazzle (sold to JustFab), Dermstore (sold to Target), Winc, Lettuce (sold to Intuit), BlackTux, and Super Evil Megacorp.

Prior to co-founding CrossCut, Rick was a managing director at an early-stage venture capital firm based in Santa Monica, California with over $500 million under management. Prior to that, he was a managing director at SunAmerica, Inc., where he co-founded SunAmerica Ventures, a $750 million fund focused on both direct investments and investments in other venture funds.

Rick began his career as a corporate attorney, working five years at the Los Angeles office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy, a New York based firm. He graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with a degree in finance. He also graduated from Harvard Law School.

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