Richard Holcomb is a leading entrepreneur in the Research Triangle area. He is Founder, President and CEO of StrikeIron, a web services company. He was a founder of HAHT Commerce in 1995, a major e-commerce application provider, and served as HAHT's first CEO and Chairman. Prior to HAHT, he was a founder of Q+E Software in 1986, a supplier of client-server database access technology, and served as that company's CEO, president, and chairman from inception to its acquisition by Intersolv in 1994.
He serves on several public advisory boards including the NCSU Graduate School Board of Advisors and the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) and is a former appointed member of the North Carolina Information Resource Management Commission (IRMC) and a former chairman of the North Carolina Electronics and Information Technology Association (NCEITA). He serves on the corporate boards of several public and private technology companies including Neon Systems, Xtremesoft, ChannelAdvisor and Ultimus.
During his career, Mr. Holcomb has won several awards including the 1993 Ernst and Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for North Carolina and the 1996 Business Leader Top Gun Entrepreneur of the Year.
Mr. Holcomb received a B.S. from the University of South Carolina and an M.S. in computer science from North Carolina State University.