Richard Butterfield - Chicostart

Richard is a retired technology and business guru who is passionate about seeing our north state startups succeed.  He especially enjoys assisting entrepreneurs with:

  • Business planning as it relates to products and services for the enterprise software space.
  • Coaching and preparation for seeking external funding.
  • IT planning for your startup, especially around scalability and disaster recovery.
  • Agricultural and bio-tech startups: I have a lot of interest and some expertise in this area.


Here is a snapshot of some of his recent accomplishments:

  • TierData Inc. CEO – 2009 to 2012
    Member of founding team. TierData was sold to Informatica in 2012
  • HP Software, Director of Product Architecture 2006 to 2008
    Transitioned OuterBay software products to HP, and lead architecture team.
  • OuterBay Technologies Inc., Founding CEO and VP of Corporate Strategy 1998 to 2006
    Morphed a consulting company into the premier Information Life-cycle Management
    software vendor for databases and business applications. OuterBay was sold to HP in