Larry Bock, American investor, Died at 56


Lawrence A. “Larry” Bock was born on September 21, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York and died on July 6, 2016.

He was an American entrepreneur.

Larry has aided in starting or financing 50 early stage growth companies, with a combined market value of more than $70 billion.

He raised in Chappaqua to parents Ulrike Proctor and Richard Bock.

He had one older sibling Steven who was deaf.

Bock received a degree in biochemistry from Bowdoin College and an MBA from UCLA.

Following school, he worked for Genentech.

He was a donor, co-founder, and the executive director of USA Science and Engineering Festival.

He suffered from Stargardt disease, an inherited form of macular degeneration that causes progressive loss of vision.

Larry Bock was highlighted as a “keystone species” in the ecosystem of Silicon Valley in the book The Rainforest.

The book keystone species, in the innovation context, is someone who connects people who would benefit from working together, but who would not work together under normal circumstances because of trust, distance, and/or cultural barriers.

Larry Bock passed away at 56 years old.