Rich Redelfs

Rich Redelfs, General Partner

Rich joined Foundation Capital in 2004 after more than twenty years in networking and communications, with a combination of start-up entrepreneurial as well as large company intrapreneurial experience.

Most recently, he was President and CEO of Atheros Communications, the leading Wi-Fi semiconductor supplier, which was acquired by Qualcomm in 2011 for over $3-billion.  Rich joined Atheros as a start-up with 21 engineers and an office manager and left shortly before the company's IPO filing. Prior to Atheros, Rich was Vice President and General Manager of 3Com's Wireless and Home Connectivity Division; where he was a pioneer in home networking.  He spent more than ten years at 3Com in various sales, marketing, and general management positions.  Prior to 3Com, Rich was Chief Operating Officer of Polygon, a communications software start-up.

Rich began his professional career with TeleVideo Systems, an early leader in personal computers and networking. 

Rich currently serves on the boards of ACCO Semiconductor, Cyphort, Fastback Networks and Transphorm, and was previously on the boards of Atheros Communications (Qualcomm), Dust Networks (Linear Technology), Mobius Microsystems (IDT), Prematics (NaviNet), SiBEAM (Silicon Image), Solarflare Communications (Marvell), and Ventiva. Additionally, he is on the Board of Trustees of the Computer History Museum. 

He has a BSIE from Purdue and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Rich's assistant, Dianna Red Eagle:

Rich Redelfs in the News:

CNET (01/30/12)
Startup Secret No. 27: Brains over Background

Rich's Portfolio Highlights

ACCO is a fabless semiconductor developer of innovative CMOS RF solutions for the wireless industry. Based in both France and California, the company has a long history in delivering advanced...Learn More >
Cyphort is securing enterprises against cyber-attacks... Learn More >