Gordon Ritter

Gordon Ritter

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Gordon Ritter is the Founder and General Partner of Emergence Capital. In 2003, he led the company's first investment in cloud leader Prior to this, Ritter ran IBM's $3 billion global small business division. He was responsible for IBM's launch partnership with Ritter spent more than 15 years building companies that pioneered new markets, including server appliances, embedded web-based interfaces, and web-native application development. His biggest deal to date is Veeva Systems, which had a white-hot IPO in 2013.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • Ritter has been named four times to the Forbes’ Midas List of the top venture capital investors.
  • He currently sits on the boards of eight companies, including Genius, Lithium, PivotLink, Veeva Systems, and Zuberance.
  • He rang the opening bell as Chairman of Veeva, having first invested in 2008 when it had just $2 million in revenue.
  • He was recently selected for the New York Times/CB Insights List of Top Venture Capitalists.
  • He also enjoys running, cycling, cross-country skiing, and mountaineering.
  • His passion for endurance sports has taken him both to the Head of the Charles and to a 50k trail race.
  • He recently climbed both Denali and Aconcagua and completed a 250-mile trail run across Switzerland.
  • He has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.