Dr. Rick LeFaivre has 40 years of accomplishment as a computer scientist, professor, R&D executive, venture investor and board member working at leading universities, high-technology companies and venture capital firms. He now resides in Sun Valley, Idaho, and focuses primarily on Board work, currently serving on the Boards of the Carbon Design Group in Seattle; the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Energy and Environment Directorate; the Sun Valley Economic Development Corporation; and the Ketchum Innovation Center. Before moving from Seattle to Sun Valley, Rick was a partner at OVP Venture Partners, where he started the firm’s clean energy practice. He also served on the University of Washington College of Engineering and Information School Visiting Committees; the Pacific Northwest Energy Angels Advisory Board; the Washington State Energy Strategy Advisory Committee; the Washington State Economic Development Commission (appointed by the Governor of Washington); and the Board of Directors of WatchGuard, Inc. (NASDAQ: WGRD) until the company was taken private in 2006.
Previously, Rick served as vice president of the Advanced Technology Group at Apple Computer; as SVP of R&D and CTO at Borland International; and held R&D leadership positions at Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems and Tektronix. He was a founding partner at IdeaEdge Ventures, a San Diego-based venture development organization, and a founding board member of the Software Patent Institute, which advises the government on issues related to software patentability, and CSNET, a precursor of the Internet. He started his career as a professor in the computer science department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, teaching and carrying out research in artificial intelligence and advanced programming technology. He later returned to campus as executive director of the Von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism at the University of California, San Diego, and as director of Technology New Ventures at the University of Washington Center for Commercialization, focused on the effective commercialization of university-developed technology. He was also the founding chair of the University of Wisconsin Computer Sciences Board of Visitors.
Rick received his AB with honors in mathematics from the University of Missouri, and his Ph.D. in computer sciences from the University of Wisconsin. He has published extensively in the computer science literature, has served on a number of industry and academic advisory boards, and has testified before the Congress of the United States on matters of technology policy.