There are plenty of investors that jump from one industry to another throughout their career. Arthur Becker is someone who jumps but doesn’t jump randomly. In order for Arthur to want to pursue a venture, he has to have a personal interest beforehand. Two of his more notable interests include real estate and technology.
Some of his biggest successes were accomplished while working with companies that dealt with both of his interests. Formerly, Becker was Chairman and CEO of Zinio, LLC. Zinio is one of the world’s largest digital newsstands, providing information a global scale. He wasn’t with Zinio too long before finding interest in other business ventures.
Before Zinio, Becker was CEO of NaviSite. NaviSite is one of Becker’s biggest successes. He was with the company for nearly a decade and traveled back and forth between the United States and the United Kingdom. NaviSite is a company that provides internet technology services to businesses all over the U.S. and the U.K. The company also has offices in U.S., U.K., and India.
One interest that Becker had that many probably wouldn’t guess is fashion. According to Huffington Post, for 7 years, he was a senior advisor for the Vera Wang fashion company. But even back then, he was always looking around for his technology or real estate investment. He really began to pursue his own personal interests after NaviSite was bought by Time Warner in 2011. Currently, Becker is the Managing Member at Madison Partners, LLC.
Madison Partners is a big-time investment firm that targets real estate and early stage biotech ventures. Becker began developing the idea of Madison Partners after selling NaviSite. He realized how much he enjoyed investing in property developments in New York and Miami. He also wanted to expand on his interest in early stage biotech companies. Eventually, he came up with the idea to start a company that focused on both.
If Becker had to do it all over again, he’d rather finish graduate school. He left after his first year but now thinks that was a mistake.