Bob just completed a stint as Senior Vice President and General Counsel BakBone Software, Inc., a La Jolla-based software company, where Bob was responsible for general corporate affairs and legal matters worldwide. BakBone was sold to Quest Software in January 2011. Prior to BakBone, Bob served with Skywire Software, LLC, where he served in a similar capacity. Skywire was sold to Oracle, Inc. in July 2008. Bob began his career at Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C., where he practiced law for eleven years specializing in leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, and securities and regulatory law. In 1992, he left J&G to form his own legal and consulting practice.
As an outgrowth of his solo practice, acting as one part businessman and one part camp counselor, Bob organized, built, and ran two game companies – ION Storm, which developed games for the PC, and Edge of Reality, which specialized in console games and platform ports – and helped organize and direct the first co-operative game publisher, Gathering of Developers.
In February 2002, Bob accepted an assignment with SoftBrands, Inc. to evaluate and close down its Eastern European healthcare software development operations. He spent four months in Sophia, Bulgaria, and in the end watched as all that could not be sold or given away was hauled off in a donkey cart. Eventually becoming SoftBrands’ general counsel, Bob directed its worldwide legal affairs. He left SoftBrands in 2006 to join Skywire Software.
Bob is the founder of Dallas Social Venture Partners, an initiative that seeks to apply business principles to philanthropy. DSVP comprises more than one hundred thirty successful, committed, community-focused individuals who invest money and time in carefully selected local nonprofit organizations to increase their effectiveness. In eleven years, DSVP has caused over $3,000,000 and countless hours to be invested in North Texas-based nonprofits. DSVP is a charter member of Social Venture Partners International, a network of twenty-six social venture partnerships around the globe. Mr. Wright is a founding board member of SVPI, served as its president for three years, and continues as past president. He also serves on the board of the OneStar Foundation, a Texas quasi-governmental foundation that supports the nonprofit sector and its stakeholders through initiatives that increase civic engagement, research, rigorous evaluation and nonprofit organizational excellence. He recently co-authored a book, “The Little Green Book of Venture Philanthropy” and is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he teaches Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector.