Founder & CEO of BranchOut.com and Talk.co. Rick has been a pioneer in social media and a serial entrepreneur for the past 15 years.
Rick is the Founder & CEO of BranchOut - the largest professional network leveraging the social graph, with over 800 million profiles. BranchOut has raised $49 million from Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Mayfield Fund, Norwest Venture Partners and a dozen of the top angel investors in Silicon Valley.
Rick is also the Founder & CEO of Talk.co - a real-time messaging service for teams. Talk.co allows co-workers to chat in a secure, productive way from their mobile device (iOS and Android) or desktop.
Prior to founding BranchOut and Talk.co, Rick was the Founder & CEO of SuperFan, a profitable social entertainment site that produced social games for clients including CBS, MTV, Universal Music, Warner Music and others.
Prior to founding SuperFan, Rick was the Co-Founder, CFO & Chief Strategist for Tickle.com. Tickle was one of the largest social media sites on the Internet and with over 200 million registered users. Tickle operated as a profitable company with close to $40 million of annual revenue.
In 2002, Tickle won the “Rising Star” Webby Award as the fastest growing site on the Web and became a top 20 global Internet site. In 2004, Tickle was acquired by Monster Worldwide for over $100 million.
Rick currently serves as an investor or Advisory Board member to more than 30 companies including DreamWorks, AngelList, Aston Martin Racing, ApartmentList, Wanelo, Dot&Bo, Scripted, Moonfrye, FitMob, ReTargeter, Swell Radio, August Lock, Lumosity, Nuzzel, Stipple, Tugboat Yards, Radius Intelligence, SmartRecruiters, SOMA Water, Sprig, MediaSpike, Wavii, Founder’s Den and more. He served as National Co-Chair for "Technology for Obama" and is a Board Member of "Technology for America" and a Co-Chair of FWD.us.
Rick received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of New Hampshire, magna cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard.
GM - Digital Products
Sep 1, 2014 - Current (about 2 years)
Founder & CEO
Sep 1, 2013 - Current (about 3 years)
Board & Advisor Roles (5)Update
|Oct, 2016||Finrise||$5.3M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2016||TrueFacet||$6M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Jun, 2016||Recharge||$2.3M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2016||Rinse||$6M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Feb, 2016||Power Supply Collective, Inc.||$5M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Feb, 2016||FR8 Revolution Inc.||undisclosed amount / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2016||BirdEye||$8M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Dec, 2015||Gigster||$10M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2015||HOOKED||$1.5M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2015||Telepathic||$1.2M / Venture||Personal Investment|
|Aug, 2015||Payable||$2.1M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|May, 2015||Outreach||$2.3M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2015||Headout||$1.8M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2015||Poshmark||$25M / Series C||Personal Investment|
|Feb, 2015||Luxe||$20M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Nov, 2014||HONK||$1.8M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2014||Soma||$2.2M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2014||Jaanuu||undisclosed amount / Convertible Note||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2014||Luxe||$5.5M / Seed (Lead)||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2014||$50M / Series B||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2014||Massdrop||$6.5M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2014||HoneyBook||$10M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2014||Opendoor||$9.95M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2014||Sprig||$10M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2014||LoungeBuddy||$1M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Mar, 2014||Lumoid||undisclosed amount / Venture||Personal Investment|
|Feb, 2014||One Inc.||$150k / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Feb, 2014||Apartment List||$6M / Secondary Market||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2014||fitmob||$9.8M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Nov, 2013||MediaSpike||$5.2M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2013||AngelList||$24M / Series B||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2013||Health Gorilla||$500k / Angel||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2013||ReTargeter||undisclosed amount / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Aug, 2013||SmartRecruiters||$10M / Series B||Personal Investment|
|Aug, 2013||AltSchool||undisclosed amount / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2013||Soma||$3.7M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jun, 2013||Scripted.com||$4.5M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|May, 2013||Hullabalu||$1.8M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2013||Seedling||$2.5M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Mar, 2013||August||$2M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jun 3, 2016||Fortune - Hotels Try New App to Rent Rooms By the Minute|
|May 4, 2016||YourStory News - How Headout plans to take its ‘experience on demand’ app from 10 cities to 30 by 2017|
|Feb 22, 2016||PRNewswire UK All - Riddle Launches Viral Content Marketplace for Creators and Publishers|
|Feb 9, 2016||PE HUB - AngelList sees increased startup activity in 2015|
|Jan 29, 2016||Vator.tv - Daily funding roundup - January 29, 2016|
|Jan 29, 2016||StrictlyVC - StrictlyVC: January 29, 2016|
|Jan 29, 2016||PE HUB - BirdEye nets $8 mln Series A in Trinity Ventures-led round|
|Jan 28, 2016||TechCrunch - BirdEye Swoops In On $8 Million Series A|