Richard is responsible for many “firsts” throughout his career including: conceiving of and teaching the first Macintosh Programming Class at Stanford University (CS 193C), the first multi-user address book for the Macintosh (TouchBase), the first kids internet subscription service (Disney’s Daily Blast), the first Tivo-like product for Internet Radio (BitBopTuner), the first legitimate music subscription service for the Internet (MusicNet), and the first legitimate online movie subscription service (Starz! On Demand). Richard also successfully negotiated ground breaking deals with several of the major media companies whose content became the basis for many of these products.
Richard has been managing personal investment fund, Chance Technologies since 1995 and has been serving as an advisor to Accel Partners since 2006. He served as a partner at the Yucaipa Companies from 1998 to 2000 and served as the Managing Director of the Mail Room Fund from 2008 to 2010. Richard as also invested in more than 30 companies, a large percentage of which have had successful exits or continue on as successful companies, including: AdECN, AMG, AndroMedia, AudioMill, Data Sage, Jukin Media, GameFly, GameSpy, Kongregate, Mob.ly, Scour.net, People Support, Retention Science, Smilebox, Sometrics, Three Rings. Scopely, Playdek, and Universal Audio. Not only is Richard an investor, he is also the cofounder and Managing Director of Amplify.LA, a hands-on startup accelerator and entrepreneurial campus.
LA Forum: How to Get Funding in Southern California
Find out from seasoned entrepreneurs, executives and investors, Richard Wolpert and Terrence Yang on what it takes to get your start-up funded.