Rick Lewis

General Partner


"This business is all about the people, and you have to earn the right to work with the best."

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Rick is a two-time startup 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 sacrifices, challenges, and rewards of 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: Happy Returns (acquired by PayPal), 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), MeetMe (acquired by ProSiebenSat.1), Intermolecular (IPO, acquired by Merck), 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, Primary, Stensul and Territory Foods.

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.

Rick, his wife (a successful entrepreneur) and their daughters live on the San Francisco peninsula.