|Kingston University England, Bachelors of Science (Honors)|
Mark Richards is a entrepreneur and venture investor. He is currently a Founder of LugIron Software and General Partner at Accede Capital Venture Partners. Prevously, Mark was a General Partner at Technology Venture Partners.
Mark is a serial entrepreneur with over 18 years experience in venture-backed software and communications start-ups. He was founder and CEO of London, England based DBMX, a developer of distributed database management software, acquired by IBM in 1997. In 1998 Mark was co-founder and angel investor in Austin , Texas based PointOne Telecommunications. PointOne subsequently raised the largest ever venture round in Texas of over US$155 million to deploy the industry’s 1st carrier-grade, nationwide VoIP network. In 2001, Mark co-founded and was CEO of Austin, Texas based Metreos Communications, a venture-backed start-up developing leading edge, standards-based, application and media servers that enable Fortune 500 enterprises to deploy truly converged communications services. Metreos was acquired by Cisco Systems for US$28 million in July 2006.