Richard Kramlich is the cofounder and General Partner of New Enterprise Associates, NEA, “one of the early Silicon Valley venture capital firms that created the template upon which the modern venture economy is based.” Of the over 500 companies in which the NEA has invested, more than 150 have gone public. Of these 150 companies, Richard has been a director of eight that have gone from startup to over one billion dollars in value. They are 3Com, Ascend Communications, Silicon Graphics, Dallas Semiconductor, Immunex, Macromedia, Healtheon and Juniper Networks. A mentor to many emerging entrepreneurs and one of Silicon Valley’s financial architects, Richard Kramlich has helped hone venture capital as a field, and he has served as a pillar of the entire entrepreneurship economy. Prior to founding NEA, Richard was a general partner of Arthur Rock Associates and Executive Vice President of Gardner & Preston Moss. He received a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in History from Northwestern University. He is a past Chairman and President of the National Venture Capital Association, which in 2001 honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. He has represented the venture capital industry as a governor of NASDAQ. In addition to his ongoing professional commitment, he is a leader in numerous educational institutions. In addition, Richard, along with his wife, Pamela, has become a patron of the art world, supporting major museums and new media art installations.