Herman Fialkov '51

Former Long Island technology investor Herman Fialkov has died after a long battle with an undisclosed illness. He was 89.

Fialkov lived in Boca Raton, Fla., but spent many years on Long Island as a former resident of Westbury and Great Neck. He was born in Brooklyn 1922.

Fialkov is most well known for co-founding the General Transistor Corp. in 1954, a technology company that became a pioneer of microchips. When General Transistor merged with General Instrument Corp. in 1960, Fialkov convinced General Instrument’s leadership to venture into cable television, purchasing Jerrold Electronics – a company that has ultimately evolved into Comcast.

In 1968, Fialkov founded his own venture capital firm, Geiger and Fialkov and also set up several others, including Aleph Null and Polyventures. He served as a partner in the Jericho-based venture capital firm Newlight Associates until 2004.

In his more than 40 years in venture capital, Fialkov provided investments that helped finance the startup or early development of many international tech companies including Intel, Teledyne and Long Island-based Envision, Standard Microsystems and Globecomm Systems.

“He was soft spoken, but loud in actions; a real gentleman,” said Peter Goldsmith, president of the Long Island Software and Technology Network, who has honored Fialkov with several awards for his years of service to the tech field. “He invested in so many Long Island tech companies, and was a real tech pioneer, not just for Long Island, but for the entire country.”