Rick joined NEA in 2007 and is the head of the firm’s consumer investing practice. His main focus is on fintech and consumer investments. Growing up as a nerdy gamer, he also has a particular interest in gaming and esports.
Rick partners closely with founders, building a collaborative and trusted relationship at the earliest stages of a company. Some of his current investments include Bestow, Drop, Gen.G, Genies, MasterClass, Omio, Plaid, PlayVS, and Robinhood (NASDAQ:HOOD). Historically, he was involved with Braintree (acquired by PayPal), Gaikai (acquired by Sony), Opendoor (NASDAQ:OPEN), and Pure Energies (acquired by NRG).
Rick also serves on the Board of Stanford Athletic Department’s investment fund and the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund. He is also an All Raise VC Champion and mentor for BLCK VC.
Prior to joining NEA, Rick worked at Credit Suisse, where he advised on and executed a number of strategic financing initiatives for leading public and private tech companies as part of the Technology Group. Rick earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he was also a varsity swimmer.