David James Richards

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David Richards
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Born (1970-11-13) 13 November 1970 (age 47)
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Residence Silicon Valley
Nationality British & American
Alma mater
Spouse(s) Jane Richards
Children Harry Richards, Poppy Richards
Scientific career

David James Richards is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technology executive. He currently serves as the co-founder and CEO of WANdisco.[1] His entrepreneurship is associated with the UK city of his birth Sheffield.[2] In June 2012, he led the company to an IPO on the London Stock Exchange.[3]


He was born in Sheffield, England in 1970, where his father worked in the steel industry. Graduating with a degree in computer science from the University of Huddersfield in 1992, he became an early member of the team at Druid Group.[3]

In the mid 1990s, Richards formed an SAP consulting company, which he sold in the late 1998 and moved to Silicon Valley. Raising $25m from venture capital, he then founded business software company Insevo before creating Librados, which was acquired by Netmanage in 2004.[4]

WANdisco was incorporated in 2005 after a chance meeting between Richards and WANdisco chief scientist, Dr. Yeturu Aahlad. Richards recognized the potential of Aahlad's invention, and the two decided to create a company without the use of venture capital or angel investors.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "From Sheffield son to Silicon Valley multimillionaire". BBC News. London. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Steel City son David Richards stands out from Silicon crowd with a 'Made in Sheffield' twist". The Telegraph. London. 5 February 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Happy to swim against the tide". Financial Times. London. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "NetManage to acquire Librados". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Cupertino, CA. 22 September 2004. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Man of Steel". Director Magazine. London. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 

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