Director Randell Young is the managing general partner of Venture-Net Partners, a private investment group which currently includes: Uriel Sokolov, the former vice president of Raytheon Commercial Ventures; Doug Pewitt, the former assistant director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Reagan Administration; and Mario Fiori, the former assistant secretary of the Army in the Bush Administration.
Dr. Young has previously served as chief financial officer for Web portals MedNets.com and TheGospel.com and participated as a director and early-stage investor in numerous other projects including Telephony International, Inc., a joint telecom venture with Lucent Technologies (ALU); Vista Consolidated, Inc., a manufacturer of utility truck covers; Synodon, Inc. (SYD), developers of innovative pipeline surveillance technologies; The Orange County Blues Festival; and Accuray Incorporated (ARAY), manufacturer of the CyberKnife radiosurgery and Tomo radiotherapy systems and recently named by Fast Company as one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Robotics.
Venture partners of note have included Al Shugart, Euro-America Partners, Jacques Vallee, Fred Adler, George (Jay) Keyworth, Copernic Technologies, ZLUH Partners, Michael Jay Solomon, Good Samaritan Health System, Health Advantage Ventures, Pacific Republic Capital, Fernando Quinonez Meza, H-Quotient, Lucent Technologies, The Marubeni Group and Grupo Arcano.
A founder and former Orange County Chapter Chair of Boone Pickens’United Shareholders Association, Dr. Young has represented shareholders and, on their behalf, addressed the annual meetings of Northrop Corporation, Allergan, National Education Corporation, Community Psychiatric and Southern California Edison.
He has lectured at the graduate level on contemporary issues in venture capital at The University of Phoenix and holds a doctorate in music (D.Mus.) from City University Los Angeles. His Venture Capital Primer has been used by McGraw-Hill’s Online Learning Center in support of its textbook Principles of Corporate Finance, Sixth Edition (Brealey & Myers); and Harvard University in support of KSG PED-328 Community Financial Institutions and Microfinance in Theory and Practice.
Dr. Young has been the subject of interviews and articles appearing in the Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register and the Orange County Metropolitan. His commentaries and essays have been published in the Los Angeles Times, The Orange County RegisterThe San Francisco Chronicle, USA TodayThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Business Journal, The Baltimore Sun and Inc. Magazine.
His public equities market analyses can be found at The Motley Fool where his All-Star-rated portfolio currently outpaces all professional fund managers and has consistently (on a daily and continuous basis) placed in the top one percent of all participants since August 2007, a span now of over 80 consecutive months.
Currently, he serves on the boards of directors of PatientCentral Technologies, developers of interactive healthcare information management systems; Colossal Storage Corporation, developers of atomic holographic optical storage nanotechnology;Paradise Terra, a facilitator of online vacation property rentals; and Pacific Robotics, designers and manufacturers of industrial robots. He also serves on the board of managers of Okeanos Technologies, developers of a new, highly efficient desalinization platform and recently named by Fast Company as one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Energy.