California Safari | Rick Rasmussen, Sand Hill AngelsLecturer, UC Berkeley, Stanford
California Safari is a travel adventure that helps students with an interest in understanding American business principles, economic ideas, and values and practices of innovators with a historical and comparative perspective.
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Rick Rasmussen, Sand Hill Angels
Lecturer, UC Berkeley, Stanford

The California Safari Program draws from top professors in the top schools around the world. 

Rick Rasmussen is a Silicon Valley native with entrepreneurial, executive, government and academic experience focusing on startups and growth stage companies.  He works extensively with governments and economic development agencies looking to connect with Silicon Valley.  He is an active member of the Sand Hill Angels investment group.


He served as the VP of Business Development for nestGSV, a large-scale accelerator in Silicon Valley where he focused on International Business Development and Acceleration Programs. Prior, Mr. Rasmussen served as the Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade with responsibility for linking Canadian IT companies to the Valley.  Prior, he served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Institutional Venture Partners, Interim CEO for Road, President and CEO for  He currently advises a half-dozen companies in mobile and international social media and serves as a Director of CritterPix, an animated feature film startup in Marin County, CA.


His professional experience includes C-Cube Microsystems (LSI) where he was Vice President of Marketing and General Manager and helped drive the digital video revolution in consumer, computer and communications markets.  He was a senior member of the team that took the company from startup through IPO and Fortune 500 status. Prior he spent nine years at LSI Logic where he spearheaded new development of RISC microprocessors, Digital Signal Processors and standard cell product lines culminating as the General Manager of the MIPS Microprocessor Division.


Mr. Rasmussen earned a Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degree with highest honors from the University of California at Berkeley and an dual MBA degree from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Columbia’s Graduate School of Business in New York City with honors.  He currently lectures on Entrepreneurship at both UC Berkeley and Stanford University.

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