In 2009 Rick became an entrepreneur after thirty years as a corporate “intrapreneur” - developing new products, customers, markets and businesses. Currently founding his third enterprise, Rick is a partner in InCommN and was a partner at the late lamented Universal Quality Machine.
Rick and his partners at InCommN teach the principles of the Lean LaunchPad to entrepreneurs, non-profits and businesses with a need for quick growth in new markets - encouraging them to make their mistakes early and inexpensively. Rick also shares the techniques and tools of the Lean LaunchPad and the Business Model Canvas with students at a number of local colleges including Smith, The Elms and UMass.
Rick is also mentor and facilitator for early stage start-ups at Valley Venture Mentors and independently is a board member and mentor for a variety of early stage enterprises.