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About OTC

Doug Johnson, Venture Development Executive

Phone: 612.626.8394


The founding director of the Venture Center, Doug is also the founding director of the Carlson Ventures Enterprise, a component of the MBA program at the Carlson School of Management. There, Doug constructed the academic curriculum for Ventures Enterprise, managing many of the student activities with emerging firms.

From 1998 to 2001, Doug held the position of co-director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Carlson School of Management, where he was responsible for soliciting community involvement in the program and securing research and development sponsorships and company research participation.

Doug has over 20 years of experience in the venture capital and investment banking industries, including 10 years at IBM's large mainframe division in engineering, sales, and sales management, three years in investment banking at Dain Bosworth, and 10 years as a senior officer and general partner at Norwest Venture Capital. At Norwest Venture Capital, he made investments in-and served on the boards of approximately 25 early-stage, high-tech companies. Doug currently serves on the boards of several private high-technology companies in which he has a personal investment.

He holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St Thomas.


Doug Johnson