Managing Director Concordia Ventures
Rick is a Silicon Valley native with entrepreneurial, executive, government and academic experience focusing on startups and growth stage companies. He works extensively with governments and economic development agencies looking to connect with Silicon Valley. He is an active member of the Sand Hill Angels investment group.
Rick served as the VP of Business Development for nestGSV, a large-scale accelerator in Silicon Valley where he focused on International Business Development and Acceleration Programs. Prior, Mr. Rasmussen served as the Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade with responsibility for linking Canadian IT companies to the Valley. He currently advises a half-dozen companies in mobile and international social media and serves as a Director of CritterPix, an animated feature film startup in Marin County, CA.
His professional experience includes C-Cube Microsystems (LSI) where he was Vice President of Marketing and General Manager and helped drive the digital video revolution in consumer, computer and communications markets. He was a senior member of the team that took the company from startup through IPO and Fortune 500 status. Prior he spent nine years at LSI Logic where he spearheaded new development of RISC microprocessors, Digital Signal Processors and standard cell product lines culminating as the General Manager of the MIPS Microprocessor Division.
About Innovation Insights Spaker Series
Silicon Valley Innovation Center has started the new INNOVATION INSIGHTS speaker series. Geared toward professionals, entrepreneurs, executives and founders this business forum is all about innovation, leadership and business growth. We invite prominent thought leaders, innovators, authors to lead engaging discussions which facilitate open exchange of ideas and viewpoints, and to share practical tools that encourage business growth through innovation.