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Ron Croen

You & Mr. Jones
Partner
Ron Croen is a Partner at You & Mr. Jones, heading up You & Mr. Jones Brandtech Ventures, which specializes in seed and early stage venture investments.

Prior to joining You & Mr. Jones, Ron co-founded and served for ten years as the Chief Executive Officer of Nuance Communications, the global leader in speech recognition, natural language understanding, and related voice automation technology and applications. Ron led Nuance from the spinout of the core team from the SRI International research institute in Menlo Park, California to a top 10 IPO of the banner year 2000 and beyond. Ron also founded Volio, which pioneered the use of advanced speech recognition and natural language understanding technology in conversational video for highly engaging brand marketing.

Ever the entrepreneur, Ron has been active in Silicon Valley and Boston as an investor, business leader, mentor and teacher. His dedication to encouraging the talent of tomorrow led him to serve as Entrepreneur-in-Residence and to teach Entrepreneurial Leadership at his alma mater Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. He continued to support and engage with top-level talent as a CEO buddy to several first-time CEOs, helping them scale their companies after the product development and first venture funding stage.

Ron’s experience spans the life-cycle of tech start-ups from founding to IPO and beyond. He served as Chairman of the Board of Nuance and as a Board member of other public and private companies. Over time, he’s been deeply immersed in most aspects of the entrepreneurial world. He’s fascinated by innovation and is an early adopter of most new consumer technologies. His personal enthusiasm for tech and how it improves our lives informs his progressive business thinking and personal style.