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44 Investments in 41 Companies
San Francisco

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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.

Jobs (5)


GM - Digital Products

Sep 1, 2014 - Current   (about 2 years)

Founder & CEO

Sep 1, 2013 - Current   (about 3 years)
Jul 20, 2010
Sep 1, 2014
Founder & CEO
Feb 1, 2008
Jul 19, 2010
Founder & CEO
Jun 1, 1999
Co-Founder, CFO & Chief Strategist

Board & Advisor Roles (5)

DateInvested InRoundDetails
Oct, 2016$5.3M / SeedPersonal Investment
Sep, 2016$6M / Series APersonal Investment
Jun, 2016$2.3M / SeedPersonal Investment
Apr, 2016$6M / Series APersonal Investment
Feb, 2016$5M / SeedPersonal Investment
Feb, 2016undisclosed amount / SeedPersonal Investment
Jan, 2016$8M / Series APersonal Investment
Dec, 2015$10M / Series APersonal Investment
Sep, 2015$1.5M / SeedPersonal Investment
Sep, 2015$1.2M / VenturePersonal Investment
Aug, 2015$2.1M / SeedPersonal Investment
May, 2015$2.3M / SeedPersonal Investment
Apr, 2015$1.8M / SeedPersonal Investment
Apr, 2015$25M / Series CPersonal Investment
Feb, 2015$20M / Series APersonal Investment
Nov, 2014$1.8M / SeedPersonal Investment
Oct, 2014$2.2M / Series APersonal Investment
Oct, 2014undisclosed amount / Convertible NotePersonal Investment
Oct, 2014$5.5M / Seed (Lead)Personal Investment
Sep, 2014$50M / Series BPersonal Investment
Sep, 2014$6.5M / Series APersonal Investment
Sep, 2014$10M / Series APersonal Investment
Jul, 2014$9.95M / Series APersonal Investment
Apr, 2014$10M / Series APersonal Investment
Apr, 2014$1M / SeedPersonal Investment
Mar, 2014undisclosed amount / VenturePersonal Investment
Feb, 2014$150k / SeedPersonal Investment
Feb, 2014$6M / Secondary MarketPersonal Investment
Jan, 2014$9.8M / Series APersonal Investment
Nov, 2013$5.2M / Series APersonal Investment
Sep, 2013$24M / Series BPersonal Investment
Sep, 2013$500k / AngelPersonal Investment
Sep, 2013undisclosed amount / SeedPersonal Investment
Aug, 2013$10M / Series BPersonal Investment
Aug, 2013undisclosed amount / SeedPersonal Investment
Jul, 2013$3.7M / SeedPersonal Investment
Jun, 2013$4.5M / Series APersonal Investment
May, 2013$1.8M / SeedPersonal Investment
Apr, 2013$2.5M / SeedPersonal Investment
Mar, 2013$2M / SeedPersonal Investment

Education (1)


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