Doug Richard - Biography
Doug's expertise is backed by some very impressive credentials. A successful entrepreneur with over 20 years' experience in the development and leadership of technology and software ventures, Doug featured in the first two TV series of Dragon's Den. He is an active angel investor, the Founder of School for Startups, Chairman of the Conservative Party Small Business Task Force, and non-executive director of Pearl Software, Urbanties & Scooters and Beats Digital. Between 1996 and 2000 Doug was President and CEO of Micrografx, a US publicly quoted software company. Prior...
...to that he also founded and subsequently sold two other companies: Visual Software and ITAL Computers.
Doug holds a BA in Psychology from University of California at Berkeley and a Juris Doctor at the school of Law, University of California at Los Angeles. In 2006 Doug was an Honorary Recipient of The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion and in 2007 he became a fellow of the RSA. In 2009 Doug received an Honorary Degree and is now a Doctor of the University of Essex.
“Startups and small businesses lack capital. Knowing how to find the right investors and how to negotiate the right deal is critical to business success. Like everything else it can be taught. School for Startups events are about preparing the entrepreneur for the most important event in the business's life."
“The reason I started School for Startups is because intelligent people want to reduce their risk of failure and increase the odds of success. Our goal is to provide all the critical knowledge and experience that anyone needs to; start their own business or to grow their enterprise. Whether you are a budding entrepreneur, school leaver, a professional looking to change lifestyle or a mom starting a business from her kitchen table; our goal is to help you be a success. It's education for adults from adults: efficient, practical and fun. Because I believe there has never been a better time.” - Doug Richard
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