Richard G. Caro
Richard G. Caro has over 20 years of experience at the intersection of
technology and business — as startup CEO; startup CTO;
scientist/inventor; angel investor; and advisor to emerging growth
companies in fields such as medical devices; telecommunications;
digital health; photonics; & cleantech.
2004, Richard has been CEO of TangibleFuture, Inc., an interventional
management consultancy which he founded to help business leaders and
entrepreneurs turn technological innovation into profitable businesses
faster, and with less consumption of capital, than they would otherwise
From 1986 to 1999 Richard held operational roles in high tech companies in Silicon Valley and Boston. He was CEO (founder) of Vital Insite, a venture-backed, medical device start-up, developing noninvasive monitoring products; Engineering Program Manager at Coherent, one of the world’s largest laser manufacturers; and CTO (employee #5) of Summit Technology,
a pioneer in the laser refractive surgery (LASIK) business. Before
entering industry, he was a member of the research staff at Stanford University.
Immediately prior to founding TangibleFuture, Richard was Managing Director at RHK,
a provider of advisory services to the communications industry, where
he led consulting engagements with multinational businesses such as Intel, and Carl Zeiss; research institutions such as Battelle, and Sarnoff Corporation; and a variety of emerging startup companies.
has been responsible for the development of a number of successful
products, and has 24 issued patents. In addition to his work with
TangibleFuture, he is a member of several Silicon Valley angel investor
groups, including Healthtech Capital; and speaks
periodically, around the world, on the process of transforming
technical innovation into profitable businesses. Richard has been a
frequent mentor in business plan competitions at UC Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and the Cleantech Open; was a member of the "Entrepreneur in Readiness" program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 2008 to 2012; and in 2013 & 2015 was a mentor in Steve Blank's course at UCSF: Lean Launchpad for Life Sciences & Healthcare.
Born and raised in Australia, Richard received a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree from Melbourne University, Australia (1977), and a D.Phil. in experimental physics from Oxford University (1982) — where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 1982 he was awarded an IBM post-doctoral fellowship to work at Stanford University, and migrated to the USA where he has lived ever since.
Richard writes about his current business and technology interests at www.sciencetoprofitsblog.com
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