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General Partner at U.S. Venture Partners
University of California, Davis

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Rick Lewis is a technologist and two-time software entrepreneur. Mr. Lewis joined USVP in 2004 and is a general partner in the firm. At USVP, he focuses on software (enterprise SaaS and security) and consumer Internet (social, mobile, and e-commerce).

In software, Mr. Lewis serves on the board of directors at Act-On Software, Victrio, Yammer, and ThreatMetrix. In consumer Internet, he led USVP’s investment in (acquired by Quepasa, NYSE:QPSA) and he serves on the board of directors at Hooked Media Group, ScoreBig, Trunk Club, and Wayin. Mr. Lewis also helped lead USVP’s investing activities in energy-efficiency technology, including Intermolecular (NASDAQ:IMI), Redwood Systems and Xicato.

Prior to joining USVP, Mr. Lewis spent six years in high-tech leadership roles spanning software engineering, product management, operations, and strategy for market leaders Autodesk and Walt Disney Imagineering, and as a co-founder of software companies Design Variations (funded by Parametric Technology Corporation) and Common Point Technologies (acquired by Bentley Systems).

He also held positions at Sun Microsystems, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and McKinsey & Company. Mr. Lewis has been published for his research in computer graphics at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society.

He holds a bachelor of science in computer science and engineering from the University of California at Davis (summa cum laude), a master of science in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley, and a masters of business administration from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Distinction.

Mr. Lewis is actively involved with the San Francisco non-profit Real Options for City Kids (, which provides services such as after-school tutoring and sports clinics to underprivileged children in San Francisco’s Visitation Valley neighborhood. He lives with his wife and daughter on the San Francisco peninsula.

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