Over the past 15 years Gordon Daugherty has seen more than 1,500 startup pitches, given personal advice to more than 500 entrepreneurs and been involved with raising over $45M in private and venture capital. He spent the first ten years of his career in brand name companies like IBM and Compaq and then progressively gravitated towards early stage and high growth companies. He spent eight years in the videoconferencing industry, including four years as President of a company that grew to $36M in a short few years and went public on the Euronext stock market.
Gordon served in an executive capacity over most company functions, but with emphasis on marketing, sales, business development and M&A. He ran corporate development and strategy for Austin-based NetQoS, who grew rapidly to more than $55M in revenue before being acquired by CA Technologies for $200M and he was a founding advisor for digital advertising pioneer MediaMind, who reached $65M in revenue and a NASDAQ IPO in 2010.
Through his advisory practice called Shockwave Innovations and as President at Austin’s Capital Factory startup incubator and accelerator, Gordon spends 100% of his time educating, advising and investing in tech startups. He is also a Managing Director at SoftMatch and a board member for Austin-based technology companies SwimTopia, Riskpulse and StoryFit.
Gordon received his Computer Science degree from Baylor University and now having raised three daughters he enjoys competitive swimming and spending time with his wife at their Galveston Island beach house or some global destination they’ve never been before.