Miriam Rivera, AB '86, AM '89, MBA '94, JD '95
Miriam Rivera cofounded Ulu Ventures, an early stage angel fund focused on it investments, which has made more than 30 investments in the last three years. She also is the cofounder and co-president of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an open-source network of Stanford alumni investors and entrepreneurs. She has taught in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program in the School of Engineering on startup board issues and is a mentor in entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She also is a Kauffman Fellow in venture capital. As a first-generation college student and scholarship recipient, Ms. Rivera graduated from Stanford University, where she earned AB, AM, JD/MBA degrees.
Ms. Rivera joined Google Inc. in 2001, where she was the second attorney and helped build the legal team from two to more than 150 worldwide. She was Google’s first internally promoted VP in an SQ&A function (and the second internally promoted VP in a non-engineering function) as vice president/deputy general counsel.
Prior to joining Google, she served as in-house counsel for Ariba and cofounded Outcome Software, an angel- and venture-backed software company. At Outcome, she acted as secretary to the board and VP of finance, legal, and business operations. Previously, she worked as a strategy consultant for Accenture and an associate in the business and technology practice at the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.
Ms. Rivera has served on a number of private company boards of directors, advisory boards, and nonprofit boards. She currently serves on the board of trustees of Stanford University and Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing Advisory Board. She previously served on the board of visitors of the Stanford Law School.
In 2008, Ms. Rivera received the Jerry A. Porras Leadership Award from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2006, the Hispanic National Bar Association voted her Latina Lawyer of the Year, and Hispanic.Net named her Latina Executive of the Year. She was selected by Corporate Counsel magazine as one of the top 10 corporate attorneys in the United States in 2005. In 2011, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal voted her one of the top 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley.