Rick Giarrusso is a leader in developing exciting new businesses and new markets. He is an active investor and advisor to numerous high-growth companies.

Over the past 20 years, Rick’s history of launching market-changing companies has spanned software, aerospace, consumer products, energy, and financial services.

Today, as a founder and Managing Director at Finance Technology Leverage LLC, Rick focuses on providing financing to innovative, capital-intensive projects in aerospace, energy, and biotech.

Rick was previously a Managing Director at Llenroc Capital, an investment management firm focusing on publicly traded companies of all sizes and industries.

Prior to that, Rick was Managing Partner at Decision Strategies, an international strategy consulting firm serving clients in energy, life sciences, consumer products, and more. There he focused on helping clients meet critical challenges that were vital to the success of their businesses.

As founder and CEO of Data Digest Corporation, Rick helped pioneer the development of adaptive data-mining and predictive analytics, approaches that have since become the industry standard in both the public and private sectors, and some of the most significant technology advances of the past decade.

In 1996, Rick co-founded Rotary Rocket Company, which revolutionized the aerospace industry–effectively creating the private space industry as we know it today, and resulting in some of the most exciting new developments since the moon launch in 1969.

In the early 1990’s Rick revamped and taught Stanford University’s award-winning program in entrepreneurship in high-technology. While at Stanford, Rick also designed and led the largest, most comprehensive analysis of US taxation ever performed. He was invited to testify to the US Congress on the results of this analysis, which eventually formed the basis for several tax overhaul initiatives.

Rick’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Time, CNN, Fox News, NBC Nightly News, New Scientist, and countless newspaper articles, movies, television documentaries, and books.

Rick is on several corporate boards, and was a national trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, serving approximately 4.5 million children daily, at 4,300 locations throughout the United States.

Rick holds a Ph.D. in management science and engineering from Stanford University. He studied engineering at Washington University and mathematics at Princeton University.