Meet Forbes Midas List Venture Capitalist Ray Rothrock, CEO of RedSeal in San Jose, CA and founding general partner of Venrock, interviewed by Grant Weston.
Ray is a graduate of Texas A&M University, MIT and Harvard University. The former Startup Aggieland Entrepreneur-in-Residence also sits on Roku's Board of Directors and served three times as a "shark" for Shark Frenzy. Ray Rothrock is currently CEO and Chairman of RedSeal
Ray has three decades of business leadership--investing in, advising and leading many of the technology and cybersecurity companies that form the fabric of today’s networks. He is partner emeritus at Venrock, the VC arm of the Rockefeller family's efforts, and the CEO and chairman of RedSeal, which provides critical cyber and business insights via its cyber risk modeling platform to more than 50 government agencies and hundreds of commercial enterprises.
During his 25-year career at Venrock, Rothrock led both the Internet and energy investment programs as a member of the Venrock management committee and invested in dozens of early-stage technology companies. His cybersecurity investments included Check Point Software, Vontu, PGP, PCube, Imperva, CloudFlare, Appthority, and Shape Security. Rothrock’s track record resulted in his being listed twice on the Forbes Midas List. A leader in the venture industry, he was elected by his peers as chairman of the National Venture Capital Association for 2012-13.
Rothrock currently serves on the boards of several organizations, including the U.S. Department of Energy GAIN (Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear) Executive Advisory Board, the DOE Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee, the Nuclear Innovation Alliance, and he’s the chairman of Transatomic Power. He also sits on the boards of the BreakThrough Institute, UTIMCO, Massachusetts of Institute of Technology (MIT), Check Point Software Technology, Roku, Inc., and several private companies including Team8, Shape Security, CTERA, Unbounded Tech, and Tri Alpha Energy.
Rothrock is author of the critically-acclaimed book Digital Resilience: Is Your Company Ready for the Next Cyber Threat (Harper Collins, Apr. 2018) and has published several industry papers and articles with publications including The Hill, MIT Sloan Business Review, Axios Codebook, and U.S. Army’s Cyber Defense Review Journal.
Rothrock holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from Texas A&M University, a MS in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University, Distinguished Alumnus of the MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering Department, and Distinguished Member of Tau Beta Pi. He is a Member of the Corporation for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology serving on several Visiting Committees.