Our Team


Eric F. Risley

Managing Partner


Eric Risley founded and is Managing Partner at Architect Partners.  Eric has guided senior executives and corporate boards through strategic transactions for twenty-five years.

Eric led Global Software Corporate and Investment Banking for Banc of America Securities, building the practice into a $50mm business while advising some of the firms’ largest clients.  Eric also co-founded the Silicon Valley technology investment banking practice for Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. (subsequently CIBC World Markets) where he eventually led both the Internet and Software Investment Banking business units.  Eric was also Head of Investment Banking at Rutberg & Company, the well regarded wireless research and investment banking boutique.

Eric’s brings clients executive and Board-level relationships built over two decades at dozens of important acquirers across the technology, Internet, mobile and digital media sectors.

Eric starts his day early with a potent latte and fruit at Coupa Café next door to Architect Partners in downtown Palo Alto.  Pain inducing endurance sports have long appealed to Eric.  He still tries hard to find time to run or cycle more days than not and occasionally throws a race on the calendar to test his fitness and reality check his ego.  Eric lives in Portola Valley with his wife and their three sons.