Stuart L. Rudick, Founding Partner
Stuart Rudick has been a practitioner, leader and investor in the health and wellness community for over 30 years. He was a founding partner of Uplift Equity, a private family office that focused on investments in health and wellness. While at Uplift (2003-2006), Mr. Rudick led the firm's investments in Nutrition 21 (NXXI) and Organics to Go. He also was an active investor in the firm's media and entertainment platform comprised of Better Life Media and Video Action Entertainment. Mr. Rudick led the firm's incubator investments in The Balance Company, Connor Medsystems, Daily OM, Endovention, Mix1, Savacor, Inc., and Unistraw.
Mr. Rudick was the founder and general partner of Mindful Partners, L.P., a hybrid public and private market hedge fund in 1993. While leading Mindful Partners, he successfully exited private investments in EarthLink (ELNK), Genvec (GNVC), Homegain, Market Wire, Netcentives (NCNT), Saba Software (SABA), Unicru/Guru and Vixel Corp (VIXL). Mr. Rudick's most recent liquidity events include Connor Medsystems (CONR) (acquired by Johnson & Johnson), Grouper Inc. (acquired by Sony) and Savacor Inc. (acquired by St. Jude Medical).
Before founding Mindful Partners, Mr. Rudick was an Associate Director at Bear Stearns Inc. from 1984 to 1993, where he originated the firm's early investment efforts into cellular communication companies. He also facilitated the funding of private environmental companies through Global Environment Fund. Before joining Bear Stearns, he was a partner with Shearson Lehman/Davis Skaggs from 1980-1984.
Mr. Rudick earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and has attended the University of Lancaster, UK and MBA course work in Finance at Golden Gate University. He has served as Director of the University of Colorado Alumni Association and was a founding Board member and Chairman of the Waterkeepers (Baykeeper) of Northern California. He has been an active supporter of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Rainforest Action Network and Friends of the Earth. He currently serves on the Board of BluePlanetNetwork.org and a fundraiser and supporter of the Outward Bound program for at risk youth. He also serves as a Foundation Board Member of the Mill Valley Public Library. Mr. Rudick enjoys balancing his free time with his wife Julie and their 15 year young daughter Mia, when he is not cycling, skiing, windsurfing or practicing Qigong.