What he does: Helps entrepreneurs succeed.
What he invests in: Rich invests in IT infrastructure and security. He is on the boards of ACCO Semiconductor, Cyphort, Fastback Networks and Transphorm.
In the past, he has been on the boards of Atheros Communications (Qualcomm), Dust Networks (Linear Technology), Mobius Microsystems (IDT), Prematics (NaviNet), SiBEAM (Silicon Image), Solarflare Communications (Marvell), and Ventiva.
Rich joined Foundation Capital in 2004 after spending more than twenty years in mobile, networking and communications, many of which were at startups.
He grew a 23-employee startup named Atheros Communication into the wi-fi powerhouse that was eventually acquired by Qualcomm in 2011 for more than $3 billion. He joined it when it had 22 engineers and an office manager and left his tenure as CEO shortly before the company’s IPO.
He also pioneered home networking at 3Com, where he was the Vice President and General Manager of 3Com's Wireless and Home Connectivity Division, and was COO at Polygon, a communications software start-up.
“My mom was a fashion designer and my dad an engineer --a simple explanation for my DNA.”
This stylish VC, who once taught dance at Harvard, began his career at the personal computer and networking company, TeleVideo Systems.
He supports: The Computer History Museum, and is on its board of trustees.
Why he loves his job: He loves “the awesome people I get to work with everyday.”
His greatest accomplishment: His daughter, Rachel.
Training: BSIE from Purdue, MBA from Harvard Business School.
Rich’s assistant, Robyn Basso: email@example.com