Russ Aldrich

Russ Aldrich

Mr. Aldrich has been managing challenging business situations and delivering measurable results for over four decades. His primary skills are creating defensible product strategies, direct and indirect sales teams, customer support and product branding programs to ensure businesses are more rapidly profitable across several industries: medical devices, semiconductor systems, telecommunication products and computer software and hardware. He was a co-founder of Simba Technologies, Microsoft’s technology partner for Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) and held executive level positions at Silicon Graphics, Unisys, and Altos Computer Systems.  Mr. Aldrich was part of the Macintosh team at Apple Computer and was responsible for the Mac launch in the Pacific Rim.

As an entrepreneur and founding partner of two seed stage venture capital funds he has raised over 90MM in private equity from corporations, private equity firms, family offices, and high net worth individuals.  He has broad experience on more than two dozen boards and has facilitated three acquisitions. He has also volunteered his skills to the UC San Diego CONNECT program.

Mr. Aldrich attended both Long Beach City College (Math) and California State University at Long Beach (Speech Communications and Psychology). He was an Adjunct Lecturer at Golden Gate University and has lectured at UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UC San Diego.

Russ Aldrich
Get to Know Russ

The sea can be a harsh teacher.  Leaving your fears on the shore and taking your skills out on the ocean requires an inquisitive and strong nature.  Having owned both sail and power vessels, the biggest challenge is knowing when to go and when to stay.  In the end, the voyage is always rewarding.  Getting there can cause even the most experienced mariner to experience fear.  In those fearful moments, strength is acquired; tolerance is experienced and a profound sense of learning happens.  The next time out is always better because some parts of the new passage are familiar.