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Meredith Gray Smith
Richard, an engineer by trade but entrepreneur by heart, was first introduced to Oriel several years ago by close friend and Oriel founder John Hunt. Enthused by the exciting prospect of a new venture in a new industry, Richard has joined the Oriel team as part manager, part brain trust, and part cheerleader.
Although born in Adelaide, Australia, Richard is currently based in London. He originally made the hemisphere migration to attend Cambridge University and achieve a MA in Engineering.
After graduation, he started his career in Strategy Consulting at Monitor Company, consulting on a variety of products. Eventually his consulting turned to major telecoms providers and equipment manufacturers, and lead to the founding of two successful software ventures.
The first, Orchestream, was a telecoms management software vendor which reached a valuation of $1.4 billion; the second, Tideway, was a datacenter management software vendor sold it to BMC Software in 2009.
In addition to Oriel, Richard is Chairman of Tixdaq, a leader in social event & ticket discovery, is a partner in an early stage venture investment fund and is an active investor in technology. He was a Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum in 2009. Besides wine, his passions include whisky, trendy art shows and North Adelaide Football Club aka The Roosters.
Richard's e-mail: richard(at)orielwines.com
Richard's favorite Oriel wine: Dylan
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