Richard Perez was born in Bolivia, South America. When he was a teen-ager he was advised by his wise and loving father to “ go north young man”. He went to a high school near Columbus, Ohio. Then he obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration (with a major in accounting) from the Ohio State University and his Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School. Richard worked for a national accounting firm (Arthur Andersen) and for a law firm ( Dewey Ballantine) before starting his teaching career. For the past 20 plus years, he has taught accounting or MIS or business computer programming classes at Ohio State, USC, UCLA, and San Jose State. During the past 15 years Richard has been an investor in, or founder of, or advisor of, various start-up companies. Some of them include: RSA, Claria, VivaSmart(purchased by Yahoo), Arca Systems( purchased by Exodus), and many others. He is the Finance Director of Senvid and also the chairman of Tax Technology Research and National Tax Credits Group, start-ups based in Long Beach. He is a CPA and is member of various computer related software groups in Silicon Valley.