Richard Ling

CTO, SmartEar

a dozen companies. Mr. Ling founded three technology start-up companies in data-driven ad targeting (ImpulseBuy Networks), mobile/cloud transcoding (AlterEgo) and e-mail search (MetaLincs) that were all acquired by large public companies (Inktomi (INKT), Macromedia (MACR) and Seagate (STX), respectively). These companies raised over $50M in venture capital funding from top-tier venture funds, corporate and angel investors including Mayfield Fund, Softbank, Canaan Partners, Granite Ventures, Arrowpath (ETrade), Newbury, Yahoo! Inc, Interwoven, SRI (Stanford Research Institute), Frank Quatrrone, John Chambers among many others. These companies collectively returned almost $350M in enterprise value to the investors. Mr Ling is also a Founding General Partner of Rembrandt Venture Partners (RVP),  established in 2004 to provide private equity capital to early stage technology companies. RVP raised over $300 million under management in three funds and has invested in over 30 companies and has had over a dozen exits including Ironport (Cisco), Convio (IPO:CONV), MetaLincs (Seagate), LGC Wireless (ADC), Cavium (IPO:CAVM), LiveRamp (Axiom), Good Technology (Motorola), Xactly (IPO:XTLY), Buysight (AOL) among others. Mr. Ling has been an angel investor in over 20 companies including CommerceOne, Good Technology, ComScore (IPO:SCOR), eBates, YesMail, Raza
Foundries, Jetway,, etc. Mr. Ling holds several patents and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on the television program Business Today. Mr. Ling holds a Bachelor of Science, Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (control systems and robotics focus).