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Miriam Rivera Overview
Miriam Rivera General Information
Ms. Miriam Rivera is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director at Ulu Ventures. She serves as Board Member & Advisor at Backer. She is a Co-Founder and serves as Chairperson of the Board at Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs. She served as Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel at Minerva. She also serves as a Trustee at Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She served as Investment Committee Member at Acumen Fund. She serves as Global Advisor at Alter Global. She is also the co-founder and co-president of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an "open-source network" of Stanford alumni investors and entrepreneurs. She has taught in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program in the School of Engineering on start-up board issues and is a mentor in entrepreneurship at the Stanford GSB. She is also a Kauffman Fellow in venture capital. She has worked at all stages of new ventures, from formation to Fortune 500 public company Google Inc. At Google, she was the second attorney and helped build the legal team from 2 to over 150 worldwide. She increased Google's revenue velocity by re-engineering the sales contracting process to allow 80+% of ad deals to close in three days (50% in one day), helping revenue grow from $85M in revenue to $10B in five years. She was Google's first internally promoted VP in an SG&A function (and the second internally promoted VP in a non-engineering function) as Vice President/ Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining in 2001, she served as in-house counsel for Ariba and co-founded Outcome Software (an angel and venture-backed software company). At Outcome, she acted as Secretary to the Board and VP of finance, legal, and business operations. Previously, she worked as a strategy consultant for Accenture and an associate in the business and technology practice at the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. In 2008, she received the Jerry A. Porras Leadership Award from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2006, the Hispanic National Bar Association voted her "Latina Lawyer of the Year", and Hispanic.Net named her "Latina Executive of the Year". She was also selected by Corporate Counsel magazine as one of the top 10 corporate attorneys in the United States in 2005. In Spring 2011, the Google Legal department she helped founded was named 2011 Best Legal Department by Corporate Counsel magazine and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal voted her one of the top 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley. She serves as an Advisor at TeachFX. She graduated from Stanford University where she earned the AB, AM, and JD/MBA degrees.