Co-Founder & Chairman
Brendan Richardson has been involved in early-stage ventures as a venture capitalist, angel investor, board member, and startup advisor for 17 years. Richardson spent more than 13 years based in Silicon Valley and Geneva as an international venture capitalist investing in early-stage technology companies in Europe and the United States as a Partner with Vision Capital and Dominion Ventures. During his time at Vision Capital, he led or co-led investments into more than 12 successful startups, including three of the firm’s top five returning deals. In 2007, he returned to Charlottesville, Va., to become a Director of Private Equity with Investure, a $7 billion consortium of university endowments and nonprofit foundations. Since then he's co-founded two local startups, PsiKick and Astraea. Since 2009, he has also taught the venture capital investing course at the McIntire School. His focus is on launching, supporting, and accelerating both high-impact startups and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Brendan co-founded HackCville with Spencer Ingram in 2012 and still serves on its Board of Directors as its chairman.