Rufus King Joins OpenView Venture Partners as Firm’s First Chief Legal Officer

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King brings over 25 years of experience spanning work in both the academic and private sectors.

Rufus King

Rufus King, Chief Legal Officer

Rufus brings with him a wide breadth and depth of experience in both high tech and venture capital that will undoubtedly benefit OpenView, our portfolio members and prospect companies. - Dan Demmer, Managing Partner

OpenView Venture Partners, the premier growth engine for expansion-stage software companies, announced today the addition of Rufus King as the firm’s first Chief Legal Officer. A venture lawyer by trade, King has spent his career focused on venture capital and technology companies. His work spans both the private and academic sectors, but always with a focus on venture and entrepreneurship.

In his role as Chief Legal Officer, King will work to improve the firm’s legal processes while facilitating interactions between OpenView’s portfolio companies, investors and other stakeholders. And, in an increasingly complex compliance and security environment, he will help OpenView and its portfolio members both navigate and reduce these risks.

Prior to joining OpenView, King launched the Center for Law and Entrepreneurship at Villanova Law School, serving as its inaugural Director. At the Center, King worked to build a bridge between the Law School and the entrepreneurial and venture communities by creating new courses, internships and a legal clinic.

He was previously an equity partner at the law firm of Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, where he represented a wide range of private investment funds, both in the United States and internationally. His clients included prominent venture capital, buyout and mezzanine funds. During his time there, he successfully completed more than 100 fund formation projects and also worked with a select group of investors into private investment funds, such as pension plans, college endowments and sovereign wealth funds.

King has also served as outside legal counsel to companies in the information technology, biotechnology and medical device industries, from inception, through initial public offerings, to public-to-public mergers.

“We are thrilled to have Rufus as part of the firm,” said Dan Demmer, Managing Partner at OpenView. “Rufus brings with him a wide breadth and depth of experience in both high tech and venture capital that will undoubtedly benefit OpenView, our portfolio members and prospect companies.”

“Since its inception, OpenView has done things differently. I am honored to join such an innovative and experienced team,” said Rufus King. “I have true passion for entrepreneurship, venture capital and the law and I am so excited to combine these as OpenView’s first Chief Legal Officer.”

King received his JD, cum laude, from Harvard University and holds a graduate degree from the University of Oxford as well as a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude. He has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Legal 500 U.S.

About OpenView Venture Partners
OpenView Venture Partners is an expansion-stage B2B software venture capital firm with nearly $700 million in total capital under management. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Boston, MA, OpenView provides its portfolio with value-add services through OpenView Labs. Programs range from recruiting to market research and marketing and sales strategy. For more information, visit openviewpartners.com.

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Gail Axelrod
OpenView Venture Partners
gaxelrod(at)openviewlabs(dot)com

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