Rick was a co-founder of Charles River Ventures in 1970 and has played a major role in the firm’s development into one of the country’s major venture firms with offices in Waltham, Mass. and Menlo Park, California. With an investment focus on communications and information services, he has led successful investments in Cascade Communications, Chipcom Corporation, Epoch Systems, Abacus Direct, Summa Four, Concord Communications, Prominet, Aptis and Sonus Networks. Before launching Charles River Ventures, Rick worked at National Shawmut Bank of Boston. Currently he is a trustee and former Chairman of Boston’s nationally recognized Museum of Science, Chairman of the WGBH Boston Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Entrepreneur’s Foundation of New England, Vice Chairman of Sea Education Association and a director of the Boston Plan for Excellence working with the Boston Schools. Rick is a former Chairman and director of The Boston Foundation and is a past Chairman of the Board of the Middlesex School. Rick holds a BA in history from Harvard College and an MBA from Boston University.