Richard Wells has over 15 years of experience in investing and advising managers of high growth software and Internet companies. At Insight he focuses on investments in infrastructure software and SaaS companies. He currently oversees the investments or serves on the boards of Checkmarx, Cherwell Software, Kinnser Software, Shopify, SmartBear Software, Sparefoot, TriTech Software and Unitrends. Richard previously led investments in AirWatch (acquired by VMware), Beyondtrust (acquired by Veritas Capital), Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce.com), HealthcareSource (acquired by Francisco Partners), Metalogix (acquired by Permira), Netsmart Technologies (acquired by Genstar Capital) and Primavera (acquired by Oracle).
Richard joined Insight in 2005 from Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), where he was an investment professional with a focus on software, online media and e-commerce. Prior to Insight, Richard worked in product management for enterprise data protection products at Veritas Software (now part of Symantec), and in field sales for Paciolan Systems (now part of Ticketmaster). He began his career as a management consultant with Mercer Management Consulting, where he advised global technology companies on their marketing and business strategies.
Richard received a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude) and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He grew up in Southern California and resides in Manhattan with his wife, son and daughter. Thanks to his father's New England roots, Richard is an avid Boston Red Sox fan and is already having a lot of fun passing this along to his children.