Distinguished Lecture

Value Creation: The Role for EECS

Rick Bolander

Managing Director and Co-Founder
Gabriel Venture Partners
Friday, October 15, 2010
1:30pm - 2:30pm
1200 EECS

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Gabriel Venture Partners is an early-stage venture capital firm committed to fostering technology innovation by actively assisting entrepreneurs.

About the Event

As engineer turned venture capitalist, Rick Bolander knows what it takes to build technology companies from the ground up. His lifelong passion for innovation and relentless pursuit of disruptive opportunities have resulted in some of Silicon Valley’s best known successes, including Chegg, NetScaler and Placeware. Mr. Bolander will offer his perspective on value creation, the prerequisites for game changing opportunities, and why EECS is increasingly relevant in today’s global economy. He will also discuss new areas of opportunity and present a challenge for the University of Michigan College of Engineering.


Rick Bolander is managing director of Gabriel Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital firm he co-founded in 1999. During his venture career, he has been involved in more than 50 venture deals and has led over $100 million in early-stage financings. Before joining Gabriel, he served as General Partner at Chicago-based Apex Investment Partners. Mr. Bolander began his career as an engineer for Chevron Oil in the Systems, Planning, and Development Department and later served in a number of executive roles at AT&T Lucent. Mr. Bolander earned his BSE and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard University. He is also a charter member of the Indian venture group, TiE.

Additional Information

Contact: Catharine June

Phone: 936-2965


Sponsor(s): ECE

Open to: Public