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Richard A. Moran's Biography

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Carol Gilbaugh
Feb 2008

Richard A. Moran (born 1950) is a San Francisco-based venture capitalist, social scientist, best selling author and evangelist for organization effectiveness. He earned an A.B. at Rutgers College, (1972); M.S. at Indiana University (1975); and Ph.D. at Miami University, Oxford Ohio, (1981). He is best known for his series of humorous business books beginning with bestselling, Never Confuse a Memo with Reality.

Rich Moran’s work is derived from his observations in the venture world as a Partner at Venrock, as a Partner at Accenture and a lifetime of trying to improve the effectiveness of organizations from the San Francisco waterfront to the executive aeries of global corporations. Business clients include News Corp, Hewlett Packard and Apple Computer. His work also draws from the public sector, where he has applied his organizational expertise as Chairman of the Board for: Golden Gate University, San Francisco; San Francisco Museum and Historical Society; and Project Open Hand, San Francisco. Moran was the former Chairman of Portal Software, now part of Oracle, and serves on the Boards of Glu Mobile Games, TwoFish, PodTech and an internet video venture with William Randolph Hearst III, Brad Inman and Ron Conway called TurnHere.

From the turbulent workplace and the talkative workforce, Rich Moran has distilled over 2000 bulleted prescriptions, “too simple not to know”, encompassing technological change, cubical life and career/life management. His observations cut through complexity, providing honest, humorous anecdotes that give insight and hope to those who go to work every day. He has been featured on NPR, in Fastcompany, GigaOm's Found Read and is a columnist for wine country newspapers, including the St. Helena Star, in which he describes the perils of starting a winery and country living. His blog is Moran at Work.

He began his career of observations as a lifeguard on the ocean in Seaside Park, N.J. Moran theories are influenced by Dilbert, Studs Terkel, Bob Newhart and Peter Drucker. His current activities include encouraging start-up companies, writing and wine making Moran Manor Vineyard and Winery in the Knights Valley region of Sonoma County, California.


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