I have 15 years of deep experience in the consumer internet including founding and selling 3 successful companies. I have raised $58 million in venture funding from Accel, Redpoint, Mayfield, August Capital, Norwest, Floodgate and a dozen top angels. I'm an investor & advisor to over 40 startups.
Founder of BranchOut - the largest professional network leveraging social with over 800 million profiles. Raised $49mm from Accel, Redpoint, Mayfield, Norwest and a dozen of the top angels in Silicon Valley. Acquired by 1-Page, a publicly traded recruiting company (1PG.AX) in 2014.
Founder of Talk.co - an enterprise messaging app for mobile and desktop use. Acquired by Hearst Corporation in 2014.
Co-Founder of Tickle.com - the largest online personality testing site. Raised $9 million from August Capital. Grew it to be a top 20 site with 200 million registered users and almost $40 million in revenue. Acquired by Monster in 2004 for $100 million.
Education: Harvard MBA (1999) and Univ of NH (1994).
Rick is a great investor. He made a decision in the first meeting and was immediately helpful in making introductions. Rick is also one of the most well-connected people in the Valley and passionate about helping other entrepreneurs.
Rick is one of our earliest investors in our company. He has always been there for us when we need advice, intros, and feedback. We only hope that all of our future investors will be as supportive as Rick.
Founder LoungeBuddy, CoolTronics • cofounder @Redux • Attended @Santa Clara University • Top 25 Entrepreneur <25 by Businessweek 2x in a row • global travel expert and media guru.
Rick is a tremendous person and entrepreneur. I've had the honor of talking shop with Rick many times throughout the years and his unique perspective and approach always provides value. Rick is a true asset as an investor or advisor to any team that's lucky enough to receive his support. Best, j
Rick invested in my startup, and has been one of our most helpful investors - he makes decisions quickly and has great product insight. He's also well-connected, offers to introduce relevant people and follows through right away. Love working with him!
Rick is amazing to work with, and one of the nicest guys you'll meet in the Silicon Valley. As an investor in Scripted, he frequently goes above and beyond by being generous with his time, connections, and expertise. He's a great guy to know, a great guy to bounce ideas off of, and you'd be lucky to have him on your side.
Rick is one of the brightest and smartest people I have come across and as nice and caring about people and their projects as they come. Super creative, no bs, just makes magic happen, while having a good time. If you have a chance to work with him jump on it!
Founder PeopleGraph (500 Startups) & 2 prev. Social Entrepreneur of the Year & UK Prime Minister's 'Everyday Hero'. 2x scholarships Business @Oxford University
Rick is a great investor because he sources his ideas and connections from 15+ years of entrepreneurial experience. Despite phenomenal success (e.g., selling Tickle for $100M+ and raising $60M+ for companies he's founded) he is humble and never afraid to get his hands dirty in the real work of building companies. Rick has one of the best networks in Silicon Valley and has a knack for knowing when to make the perfect introduction.