|Brigham Young University, B.A.||1985|
John E. Richards is an active entrepreneur and angel investor, focusing on all types of businesses and locales but primarily on Internet and software companies headquartered in the Wasatch Front area of Utah. He often mentors entrepreneurs on a regular basis, employing the combination of his experience and teaching skills to help new ventures achieve their goals.
John recently co-founded, and is co-managing partner of, BoomStartup, a Utah-based mentorship-driven investment program patterned after Y-Combinator and TechStars. In this program, multiple tech startup companies are mentored and provided capital.
He was president of a publishing company in Seattle, Washington for several years and later started a company that helped port that industry to the Internet, which eventually led to an initial public offering and multi-billion-dollar valuation on the NASDAQ stock market.
He is an associate professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship and venture finance in the Marriott School of Management and the School of Technology. At BYU he also serves as Associate Director over Technology Entrepreneurship of the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology.
John and his family reside in Provo, Utah.