Rick Klau is a Partner at Google Ventures where he runs the Partnerships Program, connecting GV's portfolio companies with corporate partners around the world. Prior to joining Google Ventures, Rick was a Product Manager at Google, where he worked on products like Blogger, Google+ (previously Google Profiles) and YouTube. He is a graduate of Lafayette College and the University of Richmond School of Law, and previously served as a member of the board of directors for the University of Richmond Law School Alumni Association. Rick joined Google as a result of its acquisition of FeedBurner, where he ran FeedBurner's publisher services team. At the University of Richmond School of Law, he founded the world's first student-edited law journal to publish exclusively online, received the T.C. Williams award from the law school faculty for the most significant contribution to legal scholarship, and delivered the 2009 commencement address.
Rick has lent technology advice to four US Presidential campaigns, ran the campaign weblog for President Barack Obama in his 2004 Senate race, ran product strategy for and managed Google's presence at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, and was the creator of superdelegates.org, a collaborative website that profiled all of the 700+ Democratic National Committee superdelegates and presented them in a Google Earth layer. He is the co-author of three books about the Internet, was co-author of a long-running technology column on technology for the American Bar Association, and has presented to more than 70 audiences about the impact technology is having on business, politics, and society.
Interviews with Rick have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek, Washington Post, InfoWorld, CIO Magazine, Information Week, and dozens of others. His work has been featured on CNN, in the New York Times, on NPR, and Wired Magazine. He is a 2012 recipient of the Fastcase 50, an award that honors "the fifty most interesting, provocative, and courageous leaders in the world of law, scholarship, and legal technology."
Rick is married to Robin, has three children and lives in Northern California.
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