Rick Lewis sees it as a great privilege to work with entrepreneurs. “Successful venture investing requires attracting and partnering with entrepreneurs who have the knowledge and imagination to envision disruptive new businesses, as well as the talent and determination to bring those businesses to fruition. This business is all about the people, and you have to earn the right to work with the best.”
Rick is a two-time software entrepreneur with a deep technical background. “While in my twenties, I was co-founder of two software companies; one failed, and one went on to be successful. Via those experiences I developed an abiding respect for entrepreneurs and an understanding of the inevitable sacrifices and challenges associated with entrepreneurship. It makes a big difference to be able to tell an entrepreneur, `I know what you’re going through’.”
Rick joined USVP in 2004 and is a General Partner in the firm. At USVP, Rick focuses on software (enterprise SaaS and security) and consumer services (mobile and e-commerce). In software, Rick currently serves on the Board of Directors at Act-On Software, Skytree, ThreatMetrix, and Wayin. In consumer services, Rick currently serves on the Board of Directors at EasilyDo, HotelTonight, ScoreBig, and Trunk Club. Rick previously managed numerous USVP investments that have seen successful exits, including Intermolecular (NASDAQ:IMI), Instantis (acquired by Oracle), myYearbook (NYSE:MEET), Victrio (acquired by Verint), and Yammer (acquired by Microsoft). He also was instrumental in USVP’s investment in Trusteer (acquired by IBM).
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 has been published for his research in computer graphics at UC Berkeley, and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. 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. from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Distinction.
Rick is involved actively with the San Francisco nonprofit Real Options for City Kids (www.rocksf.org), which provides services such as after-school tutoring and sports clinics to underprivileged children in San Francisco's Visitation Valley neighborhood. Rick, his wife (a successful entrepreneur), and their two daughters live on the San Francisco peninsula.