Matt Rightmire

Managing Director, Borealis Ventures

Matt Rightmire uses the contacts and insights he gained from a decade of building Internet companies in Silicon Valley to lead Borealis’ investments in Internet services and mobile content opportunities. He is currently a Director on the boards of Borealis portfolio companies go2 Media, Flurry, and Handmark, on the board of Foodbuzz, and an observer on the Makeover Solutions board. He previously served on the board of Borealis Fund I portfolio company Icovia. He joined Borealis full-time in 2005 after serving as an advisor to the firm from its inception. Before Borealis, Rightmire was the COO of Efficient Frontier, a venture-funded marketing services company that applies portfolio optimization techniques from financial markets to the marketplace of online advertising. Partnering with the two technical founders, he served as the initial externally-facing member of the team and assumed responsibility for the company’s sales, business development, and operations as it grew to more than 30 employees, brand-name customers (incl. eBay, Amazon, and Yahoo!), and over $10 million in annual revenue. Rightmire began his Internet career as an early member of the team at Yahoo!, which he joined in 1995 when the company was still pre-revenue with roughly 10 employees. Over the next seven years, he held a variety of product development and business development positions and played a critical role as the company grew to 4000 employees and more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Along the way, he managed Yahoo!’s acquisition of three software companies and led the integration of the geographically disparate operations of, Yahoo!’s largest acquisition at the time. When he left Yahoo! in 2002, Rightmire was the Vice President and General Manager of Media and Entertainment, one of three business units at the company, where he oversaw 120 employees across every important functional area of the business and was responsible for $100 million in annual revenue. Rightmire is also a member of the Board of Directors for Grassroot Soccer, a non-profit leading the effort to educate youth in Africa about HIV/AIDS. Rightmire earned his M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where he received the Julia Stell Award for leadership. He also received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.  

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