Richard Melmon graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Physics in 1962. He is now Founder and Managing Partner of NetService Ventures Group, a venture advisory and implementation firm that finds, monitors, conceives of, and creates "spin in" new businesses for global high tech firms. In the past, Melmon has worked for Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Regis McKenna, a Silicon Valley advertising agency. While at RMI, Melmon was responsible for the launch of the world's first truly personal computer, the Apple II. In 1985, Melmon founded Electronic Arts, the largest independent producer of entertainment software in the world.
Melmon founded NSV in 2002 with friend and former business colleague, Hiroshi Menjo. This partnership had from the beginning the long term plan to work with important Japanese companies in a new way which would blend aspects of venture investing and entrepreneurial action. The partnership has thrived, and counts among its clients firms such as MEI, Sony, NTT Data, and NTT.
Richard will share personal stories of his experiences in Silicon Valley. He will bridge the early history of the Valley with what is going on now, all from the perspective of an “insider” who has been there throughout. More importantly, he will open up his talk to questions earlier rather than later to allow a way to connect with what physics majors are really interested in.
Join us for pizza, drinks, and learn more about your choices for the future as a physicist.
Sponsored by Society of Physics Students, Dept. of Physics, UC Berkeley
All interested students are welcome!