As a venture capitalist for 25 years, Ray has assisted entrepreneurs in achieving their dreams and produced outstanding financial returns for his limited partners. He has personally discovered, created and guided more than 50 companies in the Venrock portfolio through their early stages of formation and emerging growth. Beginning his professional career as a nuclear engineer he continues his love for “building,” especially companies.
Presently Ray is chair of the National Venture Capital Association for the 2012-2013 term and he was ranked #49 on the 2012 Forbes’ Midas List .
Ray’s areas of investment expertise and interests span the globe, and include energy, information technology infrastructure and cyber security. He led Venrock’s Internet investment strategy beginning in 1992 and in 2004, initiated the firm’s energy investment strategy. His track record in cyber security is second to none.
An avid spokesman for the venture industry, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Ray also is active in educational and community causes. He currently serves on the Visiting Committee of the MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering Department and the Board of Woodside Priory School. He previously served as Trustee of the Texas A&M Foundation and chaired the investment committee of its $1 billion endowment. In 2010-2011, Ray was an Executive in Residence at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, where he taught several economics classes and lectured on energy. In 2010 he testified to the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, and personally brief Vice-president Biden on energy venture capital.
Ray earned his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University, an S.M. in Nuclear Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.