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Rick Klau
Works at Google Ventures
Attended University of Richmond
Lives in Mountain View, CA
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Partner, Startup Lab @ Google Ventures
  • Google Ventures
    Partner, 2011 - present
  • YouTube
    Product Manager, 2011 - 2011
  • Google
    Product Manager, 2007 - 2011
  • FeedBurner
    VP, Publisher Services, 2005 - 2007
  • Socialtext
    VP, Business Development, 2004 - 2005
  • Interface Software
    VP, Vertical Markets, 2001 - 2004
  • iManage
    Marketing Director, 1999 - 2001
  • TrialNet
    VP, Business Development, 1997 - 1999
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Mountain View, CA
Acton, MA - Maynard, MA - Naperville, IL - Foster City, CA - Easton, PA - Richmond, VA - Bethel, CT - Danville, CA - Dijon, France
Political junkie. Husband. Partner @ Google Ventures. Father of 3. Not in that order.
I'm a tech entrepreneur who currently works as a partner at Google Ventures, where I run the Startup Lab. I was previously a product manager at Google, where I worked on YouTube (homepage, social strategy, accounts), Google+ (Google Profiles) and Blogger (monetization, platform, partnerships), and before that I ran the publisher services team at FeedBurner prior to the acquisition by Google.

For a whole lot more detail than you were looking for, I suggest you swing by my CV.
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Barack Obama hung out at my house once.
  • University of Richmond
    JD, Law, 1993 - 1996
  • Lafayette College
    AB, International Affairs & French, 1989 - 1993
  • L'Université de Bourgogne
    Baccalauréat, 1991 - 1991
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Great helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. So glad we did this.
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I just went on a helicopter ride with them in March, it was fantastic!  We actually got married down inside of the Grand Canyon along the Colorado River!!
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I'll be in an Uber car in a couple hours, hearing pitches from a few entrepreneurs. Can't wait to see who I meet!
Think you have the next big idea? Uber will send an investor to your door as part of its latest marketing tactic.
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If someone wants money for a rent-free live/work housing collective, tell them you already have $3B invested in one.
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Really great night at the US-Ireland Alliance's annual Oscar Wilde pre-Oscars party at Bad Robot last night. Congrats to +Chad Hurley  on winning one of the two awards! (Here's Conan O'Brien receiving his, starting off with how great it was to win an award honoring the Irish in film when he's never actually been in a film.)

Great night. And keep an eye on The Strypes, a group of 18-19 year-olds from Cavan, Ireland. They played a blistering set, and are destined for big, big things. Wow were they good.
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Looks like you two had a great evening! 
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Could not happen to a nicer, more awesome guy. +Daniel Suarez is getting his due, and it's so great to see. Pre-orders at Amazon have him in the top 10 for sci-fi already, I predict a big hit! /via +Joseph Smarr 
The Wall Street Journal got me thinking...

I was happy to see the WSJ's profile on me in Friday's Feb 7th print edition. When I think back on all the obstacles overcome to get to this point in my  career, I'm filled with gratitude to my readers -- especially to a core group of early supporters who breathed life into my books and made the impossible possible. Thank you!  I will strive to always be worthy of your support.  #ThankYou  
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+Michael Goodness  For me, 3 or 4 "mistakes" like this one are enough to ruin even the greatests books or movies. I value my time and money, so I prefer not to invest them where the risk of disappointment is very real. Consider this foolish if you want.
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Moonrise at sunset at Mather Point at the Grand Canyon. Will be back in 5 hours for the lunar eclipse!
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Last summer we saw a phenomenal band, The Kin, perform at a Wente Vineyards festival. The two singers are brothers from New Zealand, and the drummer, Shakerleg, plays the drums barehanded. We were instantly hooked, and not all that surprised when we found out they were tapped to open for Pink on her Australian and US tours. Unfortunately we were traveling each time they passed through SF, so we didn't get a chance to see them again.

Found out they were coming to Sacramento, headlining their own tour. And because we're on their fan mailing list, got a chance to buy VIP tickets to the show - which included a private acoustic set on their tour bus before the concert with 7 other people. In the album is a clip of them on the tour bus (Shakerleg on clipboard/keyring percussion), couple shots on stage - including Isaac rocking the didgeridoo! - and a clip of them when they took to the club floor to play a few songs.

(The 10 year-old in the tour bus video is named Gibson. His parents brought him to his first rock concert last night. He's ruined for life: it doesn't get much better than a private set with the band on their tour bus.)

More on The Kin here: See them if they come near you, you won't be disappointed.
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Damn, Amazon! Ordered this album from on Friday night. It arrived this afternoon in California. Cost £3 to ship.

I don't know how they do it, I just know that they're very, very, very good at it.
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This is huge! I read Influx last fall (thanks again +Daniel Suarez!) and it's clear that the studio sees big potential here. I won't reveal any spoilers, but here's a few thoughts on what stuck with me from the book:

Though Influx appears to be set a bit more in the future than his prior books, it's a different theme entirely that really resonated for me. From a very novel point of view, Dan asks us to contemplate what happens when government shifts from providing for the common defense and moves to protecting society from itself.

If this sounds timely to you, it did to me too. How does he do that?! I know he was working on this well before last year's Snowden revelations, but the undercurrent to the book is downright unnerving. Even more unsettling, Dan makes it clear how this happens: how some well-meaning public servants start to believe that left to its own devices, society is doomed. That we can't be allowed to know just how bad things are – that we just need to trust them to protect us, no matter the cost.

There's plenty of sci-fi thriller fodder in the book too. In particular, I can't wait to see how they translate one of the book's central inventions to the big screen, but I'll let you figure out which one I'm referring to once the book comes out!

This has big potential to be a landmark sci-fi thriller. Fun to watch, exciting to experience, and with plenty to make us think hard about what's most important to us. Can. Not. Wait.

(Full disclosure: very fortunate to call Dan and his wife Michelle friends of mine.)
Influx Film Rights Acquired by 20th Century Fox in Major Preempt Deal

I'm very pleased to announce that the film rights to my upcoming sci-fi thriller, Influx, have been picked up by 20th Century Fox in a direct studio deal. Thanks to Jason Young and Chris Goldberg at Fox -- I'm excited to be working with you both. And thanks also to Josie Freedman, my agent at ICM Partners, for bringing everyone together.

And for my readers who are still waiting on a film or TV adaptation of Daemon & Freedom™ -- do not despair! This deal only increases the likelihood for a green light on that front, too. :)

#INFLUX   #filmdeal   #scifi    #thriller   #movie      
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I absolutely loved the Deamon series.  Can't wait to read this new book!!!
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