Randy Castleman has been operating and investing in hardware, software and services companies built on technology-driven innovations for nearly three decades and across several industries, including communications, media and information technology. He has held founding and senior operating positions in small and large companies. Prior to founding Court Square with Jim Murray and Chris Holden, he was involved in the formation of synthetic biology startup RheoGene (acquired by Intrexon) and he created and managed the New Media & Technology Strategy group at performance rights clearinghouse ASCAP, advising the CEO and board on technology issues and developing the industry’s first license for music on the Internet.
Mr. Castleman also served as technology policy advisor for the National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council, a Federal advisory commission comprised of CEOs from the telecom, software, and media industries that advised the White House on Internet policy issues. Mr. Castleman was part of the founding team, with actress Jodie Foster, of Egg Pictures, a PolyGram-financed feature film production company, where he had management responsibilities for both business and creative matters. Prior to Egg, he had management roles at Interscope Communications, Ogilvy & Mather (now WPP) and BellSouth (now ATT).
Mr. Castleman serves or has served as a director of CSV portfolio companies Automated Insights, Bug Labs, TRAFFIQ, SNOCAP (acquired by Imeem), Labrador Mobile (acquired by Advance Publications), Grand Central, Optinel Systems (acquired by ARRIS) and was a board observer at Taqua Systems (acquired by Tekelec). He has served on the board of the UVA Emergency Medicine Advisory Board and is founder and chairman of the Charlottesville Police Foundation. Mr. Castleman earned his BA from Princeton University and his MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. He has a deep interest in emerging robotic systems that take advantage of cloud computing, machine learning, and compliant materials to handle the challenges of unstructured environments.
He is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.