RIP Richard Fox – Father, Husband, Friend, VC and Mentor

The world has lost another visionary. Richard Fox has left this earth at the age of 65.

I first met Richard Fox in 2001 when he was on the board of Astracon, a Denver-based startup. Richard was the board representative of Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, an investor in the company. The board had hired me to run the company and we grew close during board meetings. From that time on he became a mentor to me and we developed a close friendship.

Later, Richard invited me to join the board of Astracon, a company founded by Jamey Harvey and then hired me to replace the then CEO.

Richard and I bonded as we both had little patience with fools and frauds.

I remember one night sitting in a restaurant with Richard when he told me about the love of his life Susan. When my wife Nancy and I got to meet her we understood his infatuation. We were honored to join them at their wedding in Sedona where we had the opportunity to meet his son and daughter.

A fellow Jersey Boy, based in Philadelphia, Richard was a Venture Capitalist who had a solid code of ethics and a heart. He received his undergrad degree from Connecticut. He was a crazy Huskies Men’s Basketball fan and a voracious terror of a poster on the Huskies Basketball bulletin board, The Boneyard.

Richard was a different kind of VC… he had a heart, he cared. He was a friend and a mentor to me. I will miss him.

I had been remiss and hadn’t visited him in 3 or 4 years. I will miss him. The world will miss him. Condolences and love to his family.

His Obituary can be found here.