After starting two iconic music venues and surviving the dot-com bust, Michael Dorf offers gripping stories and hard-earned business lessons with a contrarian twist. As technology becomes more deeply woven into our lives, the key to success can be found in satisfying people’s yearning for live human interaction.

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City Winery

"The most self absorbed project I have ever done, combining my love of music, wine, food – all in a cool, classy, fun environment. I don’t ever want to leave, just want to open new City Wineries in cosmopolitan centers around the globe.” – Michael Dorf

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Michael Dorf Presents

This unit produces the Carnegie Hall Tribute series among other isolated productions.

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The Downtown Seder

This has been a fun passion project which started at the Knitting Factory in 1994 and has morphed into an annual event held in multiple markets.  From Lou Reed to Lewis Black, Judy Gold, David Broza, Laurie Anderson, Neil Sedaka, and so many more have all participated.   Artists, political figures, musicians, comedians all offer their interpretation of the classic and timeless exodus story.   

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Downtown Arts Development

A non-profit organization founded in 2003 to present creative work in Lower Manhattan, and now the developers of the IJPA conference.

Tribeca Hebrew

Michael started this after-school program for his two boys and several other friends. In 2004, he rented a small storefront in Tribeca and brought in other families to help found the school, which quickly grew to 120 kids under his leadership as the Chairman in the first two years. In 2009, the school merged with JCP.

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Knitting Factory

Michael founded the iconic club in 1987 and ran it until 2002. Some of the histories is recorded, some can be googled, and other elements are lost to the ether.

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