Richard Chino, Pasadena, CA, graduated from Claremont McKenna College (CMC) in 1990 with a major in economics/accounting and mathematics. He was a Board Member at ShipHawk. While at CMC, he was a four-year member of the baseball team. After graduating, he spent five years in management consulting with Theodore Barry & Associates and Gemini Consulting, received his MBA from Northwestern University, and spent a year at Silicon Graphics Inc.
In 1998, Richard joined the Internet industry and was the first product manager and 35th employee at GoTo.com (later known as Overture Services). Overture redefined online advertising, creating the paid search industry, building a highly scalable, profitable, and fast-growing global business. Richard spent six years as the VP of business operations, analyzing the business to identify revenue maximizing opportunities and prioritizing the company's initiatives. Richard reported to the CFO and worked closely with the COO until Overture was purchased by Yahoo for $1.6 billion in 2003. Richard remained with Yahoo for two additional years in the same business unit capacity, ultimately leaving the company to join another start-up.
In 2005, Richard joined MeziMedia (developer of the comparison shopping site Smarter.com and coupon site CouponMountain.com) as their chief revenue officer, responsible for user acquisition and the design and implementation of one of the largest automated online marketing platforms of its time. While at MeziMedia, annual revenues grew to over $130 million, a 3,000% increase over a four-year period. In July 2007, the company was sold to ValueClick for an undisclosed 9-figure amount and Richard continued in his role until the ownership transition was completed at the end of 2009. Since 2010, Richard has been spending his time both as an angel investor and a volunteer. He is currently on the Board of C2FO, ShipHawk, StaffRanker, and the Pasadena Angels, and is an advisor to a handful of startups. He has currently invested in over 30 early stage companies. At CMC, Richard is currently a Trustee, a member of CMC's Alumni Association Board, is on the board of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), conducts an annual case interview workshop to help prepare CMC students for management consulting interviews, and is a mentor to a handful of current students and young alumni. He also volunteers in his local community as a member of the Board of Trustees at Saint Mark's School (Altadena), and as a Little League coach for his two sons.