Co-founder and Managing Director, Ulu Ventures
Miriam Rivera is co-founder and managing director of Ulu Ventures, a top seed-stage venture fund in Silicon Valley focused on information technology startups. She is dedicated to increasing diversity in both the entrepreneurial and investment communities. Prior to Ulu Ventures, Miriam was vice president / deputy general counsel at Google, which she joined in 2001 as the second attorney. There she helped build and lead an award-winning global legal department. Her work to re-design and simplify contracts helped Google scale from $85M to $10B in revenues in five years.
Before Google, Miriam worked for Ariba as counsel, after having co-founded angel and then venture-backed Outcome Software. Previously, she worked as a strategy consultant for Accenture and as an associate at the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.
Miriam is the co-founder, former co-president and on the board of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs an “open source network” of Stanford alumni investors and entrepreneurs. She is a board member of the Kauffman Foundation, a national endowment dedicated to increasing opportunity for Americans through education and entrepreneurship. Miriam is a Kauffman Fellow in venture capital. She also serves on the Investment Committee of Acumen Fund America, an impact investment fund serving the needs of low-income Americans.
As a first-generation college student and scholarship recipient, Miriam graduated from Stanford University, where she earned the AB, AM and JD/MBA degrees. She has been honored with the Stanford Medal, awarded to fewer than 1 percent of alumni.
Miriam continues her volunteer work for the university including:
Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance
Stanford Lead Council
Stanford Law School Venture Fund
Stanford Board of Trustees
Stanford Office of Technology Licensing Board
Stanford Law School Board of Visitors
Dean’s Advisory Council for the Stanford Law School
In her spare time, Miriam pants her way through Robin Arzon Tabata spin classes on Peloton, runs in the foothills and overcomes her fear of heights hiking in the Sierra. She measures the quality of her life by the number of days she gets to spend on the beach.