Richard Moran (author)

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Richard A. Moran
Richard A. Moran Photo.jpg
Alma materRutgers College, Indiana University, Miami University
OccupationAuthor, CEO, Venture Capitalist
Notable work
Never Confuse a Memo with Reality, Sins and CEOs

Richard A. Moran is a San Francisco based speaker, investor, venture capitalist, author[1] and president emeritus of Menlo College. He is known for his series of business books beginning with, Never Confuse a Memo with Reality that started the genre of "Business Bullet Books."


Richard Moran is the founding partner of Blue Book Ventures. Investments include: RightRice, SiSaf and PopChips, as well as a variety of start-ups in media and entertainment.

Moran was the tenth president of Menlo College[2], a private four year college located in the heart of Silicon Valley. He is the first former president there given the "Emeritus" status for his contributions[3]. Moran previously served as CEO and vice chairman at Accretive Solutions, a national professional services firm with a focus on accounting, information technology and outsourcing. Accretive Solutions was sold in December 2017 to Resources Global Professionals.[4]

Prior to Accretive Solutions, Moran was a partner at Venrock, chairman of the board at Portal Software which was sold to Oracle for $220M.[5]

The Moran Family owns and operates a vineyard and winery in Knights Valley in Sonoma County. The winery produces several varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Moran chronicles the development of the vineyard and restoring an old house in his column "In the Country" which has been running in wine country newspapers since 1997[6]. The column received third place in journalism at the 2018 California Journalism Awards[7].


Moran has written eight business books. His latest book The Thing About Work: Showing Up and Other Important Matters: A Worker's Manual was released in October 2016[8]. His work has been translated into eight languages, one was converted into a calendar with daily reminders and distributed widely on college campuses as a leadership manual.

Other works include:

  • Navigating Tweets, Feats, and Deletes: Lessons for the New Workplace (2014)
  • Sins and CEOs: Lessons from Leaders and Losers That Will Change Your Career (2011)
  • Nuts Bolts & Jolts: Fundamental Business and Life Lessons You Must Know (2006) (ISBN 978-1600080159)
  • Fear No Yellow Stickies: More Business Wisdom Too Simple Not to Know (1998) (ISBN 978-0684852195)
  • Cancel the Meeting, Keep the Doughnuts: And Other New Morsels of Business Wisdom (1995) (ISBN 978-0887307300)
  • Beware Those Who Ask For Feedback: And Other Organizational Constants (1994) (ISBN 978-0887307102)
  • Never Confuse A Memo with Reality: And Other Business Lessons Too Simple Not to Know (1993) (ISBN 978-0887306693)


  1. ^ Pender, Kathleen (Jan 24, 1994). "BOOK OFFERS BUSINESS ETIQUETTE". Sun Sentinel. p. 27. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  2. ^ Retrieved 2019-05-14. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Choi, Calvin. "DR. RICHARD MORAN TO RETIRE FROM MENLO COLLEGE | Menlo College". Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  4. ^ "RGP Acquires Professional Services Firm Accretive Solutions, Inc". Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Oracle Buys Portal Software". Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  6. ^ Country, RICHARD A. MORAN In the. "In the Wine Country: Are you feeling lucky?". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  7. ^, DAVID STONEBERG. "St. Helena Star wins top awards in journalism competition". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved 2019-05-17.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "Sitting down with Irish Author Rich Moran". Irish Technology Leadership Group. Retrieved 2019-05-14.

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