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Philip Erdoes

New York, NY, USA

Founder & CEO

Bear Ventures LLC

Philip Erdoes


Philip Erdoes is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Bear Ventures, where he has years of experience creating and financing new enterprises. Philip is also founder and CEO of The New Traditionalists and ducduc, US-based manufacturers of furniture.

He is the Founder and Managing Member of Bear Franchising, one of the largest private 3PL providers in the country. Mr. Erdoes is also a Director at Alef Mobitech, an edge computing mobility company. Philip’s particular expertise lies in product design, sales, branding &identity, and entrepreneurship & strategic planning.

Philip is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a national Board Member for TEDx, and a Member of the national advisory board of the American Film Institute, as well as being engaged in a number of charitable activities and foundations. Additionally, Philip is a Member of the Dean's Advisory Council at Harvard Business School.

Philip received a BS in Bio-medicine and Biology from Oklahoma State University. He continued his education to earn a JD from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Why The New Traditionalists' Philip Erdoes always plays offense

Philip Erdoes isn’t afraid to speak his mind, whether he’s discussing copycat brands or hot-button political topics. In the latest episode of the Business of Home podcast, he chats with host Dennis Scully about why design for senior living is his next move, how market forces shape the trade, and why he’s keeping his manufacturing in the states.

Southern Gents with a Beautiful Bar in Their Showroom Shake Up the Furniture Industry

Since 2010, the gents behind furniture company The New Traditionalists have been turning the industry on its head, infusing traditional style, which had become staid and stuffy in recent years, with a healthy does of cool. Founders Philip Erdoes and Brady Wilcox, having found success in the industry after launching modern children’s furniture brand Ducduc, sought to fill a gap in the marketplace: They wanted traditional-style pieces with fresh, modern details.

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Philip Erdoes’ Background

Founder & CEO
1998 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Bear Ventures LLC is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in growth, buyouts, and distressed situations. The firm invests in consumer products, business services, manufacturing & distribution sectors.
Founder and CEO
2010 - Present
New York, NY, USA
The New Traditionalists connect traditional with today. Influenced by classic, traditional silhouettes, objects and history, the furniture is designed for today's eclectic, personal style of decorating.
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Other Business Interests

Feb 2018 - Present
New York, NY, USA
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher, composed of more than fifty full-time and adjunct fellows, who cover the major regions & significant issues shaping today's international agenda.
National Board Member, TEDx
Feb 2017 - Present
New York, NY, USA
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas through short, powerful talks. Independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
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Current Non-Executive Positions

Board Member
Jan 2018 - Present
Morristown, NJ, USA
AlefEdge create a new generation of edge enhanced and edge native applications & provide a full suite of products & services, leveraging their core areas: Edge Gateway, Edge Applications & Edge Cloud.
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Harvard Business School
Member, Dean's Advisory Council
Boston, MA, USA
Harvard Business School is the world-renowned graduate business school of Harvard University. The school offers a full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, HBS Online & many executive education programs

Previous Non-Executive Positions

New York, NY, USA
YPO is the global platform for chief executives to engage, learn and grow. YPO members harness the knowledge, influence and trust of the world’s most influential and innovative business leaders to inspire business, personal, family and community impact.

Philip Erdoes’ Education

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
1991 - 1992
Doctor of Law (J.D.), Law, Honors
1985 - 1988
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