Richard Spitz, SMI Group Senior Advisor, is a partner in Strong Force Intellectual Capital, LLC and its affiliate S4S, LLC. These companies provide strategic insight and comprehensive guidance to innovative companies, entrepreneurs and inventors and create patents and patent portfolios in carefully selected market segments. Mr. Spitz leads sector strategy and intelligence, expert ecosystem, and go-to-market functions for the companies.
A seasoned executive with more than 25 years’ experience advising private equity funds, investors, technology companies, and entrepreneurs, Mr. Spitz spent 13 years at Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), the world’s leading executive search firm, where he was Chairman of the Global Technology Market and a Member of the Global Operating Committee.
At Korn/Ferry, Mr. Spitz managed a global team and conducted hundreds of searches, focusing on searches for president, chief executive officer and members of board of directors.
Mr. Spitz also is an experienced transactional attorney, previously practicing law with GTC Law Group and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. Mr. Spitz provided structuring and tax advice and negotiated M&A transactions, venture capital investments, technology licensing, and strategic alliances.
Mr. Spitz has served on public and private boards of directors, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Harold Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA's Anderson School of Business. He has spoken before numerous professional and educational organizations, including the Venture Capital Conference, the Harvard Alumni Association, the MIT/CalTech Enterprise Forum, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Spitz holds a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge, a Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School and an L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University Law School.