Richard Tapalaga




Richard is a Director at Qualcomm Ventures. His investments focus around augmented/virtual reality, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile applications and connected device ecosystems. Richard joined Qualcomm Ventures in 2008 and serves as a Board Member/Board Observer for investments in Airspace Technologies, Brain Corporation, Embee Mobile, Magic Leap, Realwear, ThatGameCompany and other strategic investmentS. Former investments (exits) include HeyZap (acquired by RNTS Media), Livescribe (acquired by Anoto), Owlchemy Labs (acquired by Google) and (acquired by Coinbase).

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Richard had over seven years of investment banking experience at Merrill Lynch & Co and Société Générale. As a Vice President at Société Générale, Richard led the leveraged finance deal teams in the Gaming, Lodging, Leisure and Media & Telecom sectors.

Richard holds an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business and a B.S. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.