Dr. Richard Bruno serves as the CEO of Beyond If Corporation. After twenty-five years as an entrepreneur, he now focuses his energy on mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs, managing technology investments and defining innovation policies for governments-industry. He also plays an active role on the boards of McGill University Innovation, OMGsignal Inc., Tenere Inc., TPG Inc., Univalor Inc., the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies and Walter Surface Technologies.
Between 2004-14, he played key roles as the founder and former chairperson of Quebec Angels, a two term member of the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program advisory board, a member of the CVT Corporation advisory board, a two term board member of the Foundation of the Mayor (Montreal Inc.), a board member of Toon Boom Inc. as well as having been a board member of the SAT, Stromatec Medical Devices Inc. and Medical Intelligence Inc. and, an advisory board member of Hexagram Inc., PassWordBox Inc. and Wajam Corp.. During this time period he also served as a venture partner at Cycle Capital Management, Cycle-C3E Capital, iNovia Capital, and MSBi Capital. Between 2004 and 2006 he was the director of McGill University’s Office of Technology Transfer and Industry Funded Research.
In 1989 he launched his first multimillion-dollar startup in the Karaoke space and, from then on, became a successful six-time repeat entrepreneur in the multimedia production, computer games, digital video & audio chipsets, video-conferencing and information security market spaces. Prior to that, he served as a research group manager and chief technology officer for over sixteen years at N.V. Philips Germany.
Richard began his career in 1971 as a university professor in solid state physics at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen and the C.H. Ludwig Maximillian Universitaet.
Richard earned a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from McMaster University, an honors B.S. in Physics from McGill University, and an Executive Program MBA from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Richard has authored over a hundred and fifty publications, patents and books in fields as varied as solid state physics, epidemiology, clean-tech, software engineering, multimedia, cryptology, optical systems and chip set development.