Richard Harding is a Managing Partner with Santa Fe Venture Partners, which is a General Partner with the Silicon Valley based venture capital firm International Venture Fund I. IVF I is a seed and early stage Venture Capital group with investments in California, Arizona, Utah, Hawaii, and New Mexico. Mr. Harding directs all business activities for IVF in New Mexico.
Since forming Santa Fe Venture Partners in 1998 and becoming a General Partner with IVF I, Harding has been actively involved in technology commercialization at the University of New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has served as on the Board of Directors of Science and Technology Center @ University of New Mexico where he was Vice Chairman and headed the Start-Up Committee. STC@UNM is the technology commercialization arm of the University and the Start-Up committee under Harding’s leadership has identified and guided high potential technologies through the start-up phase. In addition, Harding served as an Advisory Board Member for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Technology Commercialization Office where he assisted in the Lab’s technology commercialization efforts.
Prior to moving to Santa Fe, Harding was a senior executive and member of Managing Committee with Silicon Valley Bank, Santa Clara, CA., the nation’s leading provider of financing to emerging, high growth technology and life sciences companies. At SVB he worked with dozens of start-up ventures to develop successful commercial companies. During his 28 year corporate and banking career, he held senior positions with First Interstate Bank and American Express International Banking Corp. with assignments in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. Over the course of his career, he launched numerous successful new business entities within these corporate environments.
Harding received his BA from the University of Montana, a graduate degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird Campus), and a MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Concise Logic Systems, Inc, New Mexico Community Capital, New Mexico Private Investors, and, until its recent acquisition, Access Anytime Bancorporation/First Bank of New Mexico (NASDAQ:AABC). Mr. Harding previously held a board seat with Lumidigm, Inc, but remains on as an observer.