Jeff Richards

Managing Partner
Jeff Richards is a Managing Partner at GGV Capital U.S. who focuses on enterprise and SMB software investments.

After spending 13 years as an entrepreneur and operating executive, he led GGV’s investments in Appirio (acq. by Wipro), Belong, BigCommerce (NASDAQ: BIGC), BlueKai (acq. by Oracle), Brightwheel, Buddy Media (acq. by Salesforce), Coinbase (NASDAQ: COIN), Convex, Curebase,, Evolv OnDemand (acq. by Cornerstone), Gladly, Handshake, Heard, Homebase, HotelTonight (acq. by Airbnb), Namely,, PlushCare/Accolade (NASDAQ: ACCD), Realm, Slice, Tala, Tile (acq. by Life360),, Workboard, and Zylo. 

As a former founder and CEO, Jeff is passionate about leadership, culture, and team building, and together with Jen Holmstrom created GGV’s Founders + Leaders program. Jeff also co-founded the AllRaise Board Xcelerate program along with AllRaise CEO Pam Kostka. The program has rapidly become an industry leader in driving board diversity for private technology companies. Jeff also hosts the video series, “Unscripted,” where he has candid conversations with industry thought leaders.

Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Jeff founded two software companies: R4, a supply chain SaaS business acquired by VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN), and QuantumShift, a telecom software business backed by Texas Pacific Group (TPG). Earlier in his career, Jeff worked in Asia and Latin America with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Jeff graduated from Dartmouth College, where he's a member of the Board of Advisors for the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship and was a four-year letterman on the men’s basketball team. Jeff lives in the Bay Area with his wife and four kids.

Sector Focus

  • Enterprise Tech


Silicon Valley

Select Investments

  • Appirio
  • Belong
  • BigCommerce
  • BlueKai
  • Brightwheel
  • Buddy Media
  • Coinbase
  • Curebase
  • Electric
  • Evolv
  • Fairmarkit
  • Gladly Software
  • Handshake
  • Heard
  • Homebase
  • HotelTonight
  • Namely
  • PlushCare
  • Realm
  • Seismic
  • Slice
  • Stream
  • Tala
  • Tile
  • WorkBoard
  • Zylo