Rick Grinnell

Founder & Managing Partner


As a venture capitalist and seasoned operator, Rick has invested in some of the most dynamic companies in security, enterprise infrastructure and storage. During his 18 years of venture capital experience, which includes co-founding and serving as Managing Director of Fairhaven Capital, he has led investments and served on the board of directors for companies including EqualLogic (acquired by Dell), Prelert (acquired by Elastic), Resilient Systems (acquired by IBM), VeloBit (acquired by Western Digital) and most recently Allure Security, Armored Things, NormShield, and Terbium Labs.

He is also active with various entrepreneurial programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard and Tufts Universities, and is a frequent judge at MassChallenge. Rick’s contributions to the broader community include serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, as Vice Chairman of the Board of Overseers at the Museum of Science in Boston, and as a member of the Educational Council at MIT.

Rick has been recognized by the New England Venture Network with the Community Leadership Award for his philanthropic work and contribution to the community. Rick earned BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from HBS.