Richard Tapalaga

Senior Investment Manager
Qualcomm Ventures


Richard is a Senior Investment Manager for Qualcomm Ventures and is responsible for overseeing investments in the augmented reality / virtual reality, mobile gaming, internet-of-things (IoT) and connected device ecosystems. Richard joined Qualcomm Ventures in 2008 and led the group’s investments in 21, Embee Mobile, Magic Leap, Owlchemy Labs, Playdek, Sotera Wireless and ThatGameCompany. Prior investment (exits) include HeyZap (acquired by RNTS Media) and Livescribe (acquired by Anoto).

Prior to joining Qualcomm Ventures, Richard was a Vice President at Société Générale, leading leveraged finance deal teams in the Gaming, Lodging & Leisure and Media & Telecom sectors.  Richard holds an M.B.A. from Cornell University and a B.S. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.