Rick Bolander is a Managing Partner at Gabriel Venture Partners. He has more than 12 years of experience in the venture capital industry. Having co-founded Gabriel Venture Partners in 1999, Rick sought to create a firm with a specific organizational structure and core competencies designed to achieve this goal of building the next generation of industry leaders by identifying the best entrepreneurs and working side by side with them to win. His strong venture capital record is a reflection of not only his effectiveness as a mentor, but also his ability to pick winning value propositions and market trends.
Rick focuses on investments involving digital media infrastructure and applications, communications, information technology, and the Internet. Rick has led 12 investments at Gabriel and was an early investor in companies such as Exodus Communications (IPO that began the hosted applications and data revolution), Placeware (M&A by Microsoft to become LiveMeeting, one of the leaders in web-conferencing that originated out of early MMO technology), and IPWireless (a 4G wireless solution powering mobile broadband with a large emphasis on mobile video for consumers). Rick's current focus is in the Digital Media realm with recent investments in web 2.0 plays like Chegg (Craig's List for college students), social networking mobile applications, as well as plays in virtual worlds.
He currently serves as non-executive chairman of AccessLine Holdings and is a board member of Chegg, Encentuate, Eyespot, IPWireless, kajeet, Neopath Networks, Persistent Systems, and Tapatap. He has also served on the boards of Arula Systems (acquired by Raritan), NetScaler (acquired by Citrix Systems) as well as on the public Boards of Concord Communications (acquired by Computer Associates) and Exodus Communications (NASDAQ: EXDS, IPO, then acquired by Savvis). Mr. Bolander is an advisor to The Infinity Venture Fund, a venture capital fund based in India. He is also a charter member of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE).
Prior to Gabriel Venture Partners, Rick spent seven years in various operational roles ranging from product development and operations management to regional marketing and sales management at AT&T/Lucent.
Rick received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan (summa cum laude) and he holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan where he taught computer architecture. Rick also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.