An Oscar winner to advise Boston venture capital firm
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Boston-based venture firm Data Point Capital has added a Hollywood heavyweight to its advisory board. Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio will advise Data Point Capital on the entertainment industry. "He wanted to invest, but said if he's going to invest, he wants to be involved," Mike Majors, managing partner of Data Point Capital, told us Tuesday. "We're bringing him on board as a thought leader in all things media and entertainment, to help us stay ahead of trends." Headquartered in the Seaport, Data Point Capital is focused on companies that can be leveraged and scaled on the Internet. DPC was founded by Scott Savitz, who also founded the e-commerce site Shoebuy.com, and advisors include Lars Albright, cofounder of Quattro Wireless, iRobot founder Colin Angle, Diane Hessan, cofounder of Communispace, former Conversant CEO John Giuliani, and Where.com cofounder Alan Phillips, among others. It's unlikely that DiCaprio's duties will require him to spend a lot of time in Boston. Asked if he's got a favorite DiCaprio film, Majors paused. "How can you choose? I liked him in 'Gilbert Grape,' and I did like 'Wolf of Wall Street,' but I'd say 'The Great Gastby.' "