Richard joined Sigma Partners in 2000, bringing to the firm 16 prior years experience founding and running software companies. His proven leadership abilities combined with deep technical and operational expertise provide a platform to advise entrepreneurs in building solid technology companies. At Sigma, Richard focuses on opportunities in the areas of infrastructure software and security technologies. He also seeks and supports opportunities in vertical industry software, especially in compliance, health and pharmaceutical arenas.
Before Sigma, Richard co-founded Phase Forward Incorporated, a provider of service and software infrastructure for managing pharmaceutical clinical trials over the Internet which went public and later was sold to Oracle Corp. At Phase Forward, Richard also served as the Vice President of Services and the Vice President of Strategic Development. Prior to Phase Forward, Richard was Vice President of Operations for Vermeer Technologies, creators of FrontPage which was acquired by Microsoft in 1996. Prior to Vermeer, Richard held roles in professional services management, senior product management and IS management at some of industry’s best technology companies including SQL Solutions, Sybase, Epoch Systems (acquired by EMC) and MicroTouch Systems. Richard also provided early stage advice and consulting to FirstSense, OnDisplay, Vignette and QXL.com.
Richard received a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Durham in England.