Rick LeFaivre

Rick LeFaivre

Rick LeFaivre has more than four decades 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. Now, he focuses his time serving on boards such as the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Energy and Environment Directorate, the Sun Valley Economic Development organization, and the Ketchum Innovation Center, where he chairs the board of directors. Previously, Rick was a partner at OVP Venture Partners, and held senior leadership roles at Apple Computer (VP of Advanced Technology), Borland International (SVP of R&D/CTO), Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems, and Tektronix. He started his career at Rutgers University, as a computer science professor focused on artificial intelligence. Rick has also led on-campus venture incubators at UCSD and the University of Washington, and has served on a number of government and university advisory boards, including the Software Patent Institute. Notable contributions include: carrying out early research in the representation of fuzzy knowledge; founding board member of CSNET, which evolved into NSFNET and, ultimately, today’s Internet; and testifying before the Congress of the United States on the coming impact of the “Global Information Infrastructure.”