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Rich Helfrich
Managing Director

Rich was a founder of three semiconductor companies including Vitesse. He has held senior sales, marketing and strategy positions at AMD, California Micro Devices, Northrop and Hughes. Consulting clients have included Sun Microsystems, Corning and Philips Semiconductors.

Prior to co-founding Alameda Capital, Rich spent three years with First Global Venture Capital AG of Germany, conducting due diligence and managing investments in the SF Bay Area.

Rich has taught business and marketing classes at the University of California extension. Rich holds an M.S.E.E. from CSULA and an A.B. in Physics from Occidental College, California. He also has a full pre-medical education in biology and biochemistry from CSULA.


"Rich provided expert guidance, connections and boundless energy both as active investor and board member. Rich's background has been a particular asset since he can articulate complex technical issues to other investors and provide instant feedback on high-level schedules, manufacturing contracts and project management. He provided direction in targeting customers, setting patent strategy and interfacing with other investors, customers and law firms. Rich was able to quickly bring outside resources connecting our startup with potential investors, management, and suppliers."

Dominik Schmidt, Ph.D.
Co-Founder & CTO
Airify Communications, Inc.
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