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Copyright 2011 Gerry Langeler

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About the Author

For over 20 years, Gerry served as a Managing Director with OVP Venture Partners (OVP), the most experienced venture capital firm in the Pacific Northwest. OVP was formed in 1983, and raised seven venture capital funds, the most recent at $250 million. The firm focuses on early-stage companies in clean tech, digital biology, and information technology. Since its founding, OVP has backed over 125 startups – and seen over 50 liquidity events including 25 IPOs and more than 30 others being acquired by public companies.

From 1981 to 1992, Gerry was co-founder of Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) where he served as President and Board member. He helped lead Mentor to over $400 million in sales and $1 billion in market capitalization. The company remains the fastest growing public software company to $200 million (in constant dollars) in US history.

His service as a board member covers the range from communications, digital media, energy, enterprise software, and network security to biotechnology.

He is the author of The Success Matrix – Winning in Business and in Life (Logos Press, 2014), and The Vision Trap (Harvard Business Review, March 1992), which continues to be widely used in business schools and corporate training sessions. He also authored a chapter in Venture Capital Best Practices, Aspatore Books, 2005 and a chapter in Great Patents, Logos Books, 2011. More about Gerry’s latest book at

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