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Richard Dale

Chief Operating Officer

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Richard Dale is the chief operating officer of OptumLabs. 

Prior to this role, Mr. Dale was managing director of Big Data Boston Ventures, a micro-venture capital (VC) fund, and a principal at Sigma Partners, a VC firm that invests in early-stage IT companies.

Before moving into venture capital roles, Mr. Dale was an entrepreneur and startup executive. He co-founded and held various leadership roles at Phase Forward, a provider of software services for pharmaceutical clinical trials.

Mr. Dale has mentored several founders of early-stage startups in the Big Data Boston and Sigma portfolios, as well as many from TechStars Boston, MassChallenge and HealthBox Boston. In 2012, Mr. Dale was voted one of the top startup mentors in Boston. 

Mr. Dale holds a BS in mathematics from the University of Durham (England).