David Tisch

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David Tisch
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania, New York University School of Law
OccupationBusiness owner, entrepreneur, angel investor
Years active2003 to present
RelativesLaurence Tisch (grandfather), Preston Robert Tisch (great-uncle), Steve Tisch (cousin)

David Tisch (born 1981) is a businessman and angel investor based in New York City.[1][2] He is managing partner of BoxGroup, a seed-stage capital firm, and a co-founder of TechStars New York City.[3][4] He is the grandson of American businessman Laurence Tisch, co-owner of Loews Corporation.[5] His great-uncle, Preston Robert Tisch purchased the New York Giants, now co-owned by Steve Tisch, who produced the films Forrest Gump and Risky Business.[6][7]

Education and early career[edit]

Tisch was born and raised outside of New York in Westchester County. He is Jewish and invested his bar mitzvah money in the eBay IPO and saw a 15x return.[8]

Tisch graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A degree in American history in 2003. He received a law degree from New York University in 2006.[2][1]

Tisch practiced law and worked at Vornado Realty Trust.[5] He helped found LightsOver, an online group-buying service.[5] In 2006, Tisch stopped practicing law to work on his own startup.[9]


Tish began his career heading up interactive strategies at kgb.[10]

In 2007, Tisch founded BoxGroup, a technology investment firm that has invested in 250 companies including Vine, Warby Parker, Handy, and GroupMe.[9][5] BoxGroup is personally funded making Tisch one of the most active angel investors in the United States.[11]

Tisch co-founded the TechStars New York City program, a startup accelerator program, and became managing director in 2010.[12][9] During his tenure, he helped lead some of the most successful investments in the history of Silicon Alley startups.[13] Under his direction, companies in the program raised more than $100 million in follow-on capital. Tisch left TechStars in 2012.[13]

Tisch became a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Council on Technology and Innovation in 2011.[14]

In August 2014, Tisch co-founded Spring, a mobile marketplace allowing consumers to shop directly from brands.[15][16] Investors include BoxGroup, Google Ventures, and Yuri Milner.[15][17] Apple listed Spring as one of the best apps for 2014.[18]

Tisch was named head of Cornell Tech's Startup Studio program in December 2014. Startup Studio is an experiential learning graduate program that teams students from different disciplines to develop an idea into a product.[19][3]


  1. ^ a b "Zara Zimmerman and David Tisch". The New York Times. November 4, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Emily Roland (June 13, 2013). "An angel in New York: David Tisch". Alley Watch. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Thornton McEnery (December 3, 2014). "Cornell Tech lands David Tisch in star role". Crain’s New York Business. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  4. ^ Devindra Hardawar (August 14, 2014). "Spring, a new mobile marketplace from David Tisch, connects you directly with fashion brands". Venture Beat. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d Evelyn M. Rusli (April 4, 2012). "Heirs to old money plunge into tech". The New York Times. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  6. ^ Susan Brink (June 23, 2008). "With an inoperable brain tumor, Bob Tisch wound up at Duke". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  7. ^ Bart Hubbach (December 3, 2015). "Frustrated Giants co-owner puts Tom Coughlin, Jerry Reese on notice". New York Post. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  8. ^ "How To Get Into TechStars, The Startup Accelerator That's More Competitive Than Harvard". Business Insider. 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c "Investability of a startup: Interview with BoxGroup's David Tisch". Under 30 CEO. 2016. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  10. ^ "THE ACCELERATORS : David Tisch". Wall Street Journal. 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  11. ^ Nitasha Tiku (November 19, 2012). "TechStars NYC ships in talent from Boulder to replace David Tisch". Observer. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  12. ^ Colleen Taylor (August 7, 2012). "David Tisch steps down from managing director role at TechStars". Tech Crunch. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  13. ^ a b Austin Carr (August 20, 2012). "Techstar's Davod Tisch: Most accelerators will fail, so choose wisely". Fast Company. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  14. ^ João-Pierre S. Ruth (October 13, 2011). "Mayor Bloomberg announces new advisory council on technology at NY Tech meetup". Xconomy. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  15. ^ a b Jordan Crook (July 9, 2014). "David Tisch's stealthy mobile commerce product, Spring, closes $7.5M Series A". Tech Crunch. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  16. ^ Sarah Boyd (November 25, 2014). "12 fashion app and style services that are reinventing the acquisition of fashion goods". Forbes. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  17. ^ Alex Konrad (April 16, 2015). "Shopping app Spring arrives on Android with $25 million from David Tisch And Yuri Milner". Forbes. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  18. ^ Alex Fitzpatrick (December 8, 2014). "Apple says these are the best apps of 2014". Time. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  19. ^ Ann Diab (March 19, 2015). "David Tisch: We're not in a tech bubble". TECH.CO. Retrieved February 26, 2016.