Rick is a two-time software company founder with a deep technical background in computer science. “While in my twenties, I co-founded two software companies, one of which had a successful exit. I developed an understanding of the inevitable sacrifices and challenges, and the incredible rewards, associated with entrepreneurship. It makes a big difference to be able to tell an entrepreneur, ‘I know what you’re going through’.”
Rick is a General Partner at USVP. Rick focuses on software (enterprise SaaS and cybersecurity) and consumer services (e-commerce and media). Rick previously managed the following USVP investments that have had successful exits: HotelTonight (acquired by Airbnb), Pluto TV (acquired by Viacom), Rimeto (acquired by Slack), ThreatMetrix (acquired by RELX), Trunk Club (acquired by Nordstrom), Yammer (acquired by Microsoft), myYearbook (NASDAQ:MEET), Intermolecular (NASDAQ:IMI), Instantis (acquired by Oracle), and Victrio (acquired by Verint). He also was instrumental in USVP’s investment in Trusteer (acquired by IBM). Rick currently serves on the Board of Directors at Act-On Software, Edison Software, Entelo, Forager, Happy Returns and Primary.
Prior to joining USVP, Rick spent six years in software engineering leadership roles at Autodesk, as a consultant to Walt Disney Imagineering, and as a co-founder of software companies Design Variations and Common Point Technologies. Rick also held positions at Sun Microsystems, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and McKinsey & Company. Rick holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California at Davis (summa cum laude), an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. (with Distinction) from Harvard Business School.
Sean Parker is an entrepreneur with a record of launching genre-defining companies that reinvent ways to spread information online. In 1999, at the age of 19, Sean co-founded Napster and changed how people think about and share music. Two years later, Sean co-founded Plaxo , pioneering viral engineering technology for updating contact information. Sean served as Plaxo's president until 2004, when he joined with Mark Zuckerberg to develop the online social network Facebook . Sean was Facebook's founding president, helping transform that small start-up into an industry giant. Sean's latest venture is Causes , which he co-founded in 2007, and which has become the largest online platform for grassroots activism and philanthropy. At Founders Fund, Sean searches for and fosters the same spirit of innovation that he saw at Facebook, Plaxo, and Causes in new company founders, and has provided essential mentorship to the portfolio companies, including helping develop Alamofire's wildly popular PackRat. Contact email@example.com