Miriam Rivera is co-founder and managing director of Ulu Ventures, an early seed stage venture fund in Silicon Valley focused on IT startups. Ulu generates great financial results using a disciplined, repeatable decision-making process that analyzes risk-reward trade-offs and also reduces cognitive bias. Entrepreneurs in the current fund are quite diverse by industry standards and Miriam 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 Kauffman Fellow in venture capital and a board member of the Kauffman Foundation, a national endowment dedicated to increasing opportunity for Americans through education and entrepreneurship. Miriam serves on the Investment Committee of Acumen Fund America, an impact investment fund serving the needs of low-income Americans. She is also on the Launch with GS Advisory Council, an initiative by Goldman Sachs to reduce the investing gap for Black and LatinX founders while driving returns.
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 helped raise $250 million for need-based undergraduate scholarships and endowed a scholarship fund for low- income or undocumented students at Stanford.
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