Richard K. Sussman is a Partner at Black Dragon Capital, focused on early-stage technology investments. His career spans private equity, venture capital, Fortune 500, and start-ups in technology, media, and telecommunications, scaling revenue, technology, and capital across a diverse portfolio globally.
Mr. Sussman was a founding Managing Partner of a European-American growth fund with a portfolio of 20+ investments worldwide. He also was a founder of a 55+ portfolio seed-stage venture fund which leverages data science and Silicon Valley’s most accomplished founders to invest in a portfolio of Y Combinator startups.
Mr. Sussman is often interviewed on the state of technology by media publications such as the Los Angeles Business Journal, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and The Los Angeles Times. He speaks at industry events such as Goldman Sachs’ Special Situations Group, Digital Analytics Association, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and CABSAT. He is also an occasional guest lecturer at UCLA, USC, and other Universities and has published several thought-pieces on the state of TMT, Private Equity, and Venture Capital.
Mr. Sussman holds a Masters in Organization Management from Saybrook University, a bachelor’s in political science and German from Franklin University Switzerland and has completed a Graduate Management Program from the Harvard Business School. He is a recipient of several industry awards, including the two-time recipient of ARF’s Great Mind Award, Nielsen’s Best of the Best Award, and nominated as one of the 50 most influential alumni in 50 years from Franklin University Switzerland.