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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

Don Gooding The Innovation Village

  • 2012

Don Gooding is Executive Director of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Vice Chair of Maine Angels and teaches Innovation Engineering at USM. Previously he was a telecommunications venture capitalist, then founded and ran a global specialty music business.

At Accel Partners he investigated new telecom and networking markets, finding and evaluating new investment opportunities, and was the first webmaster in the venture capital industry. Don started the first a cappella mail order catalog, which over time grew into Southwest Harbor-based online retailer A-Cappella.com, serving customers in 100 countries with over 7,000 products from 30 countries. As a member of Maine Angels he has invested in over a dozen early stage technology companies, including Ocean Renewable Power Company, Newfield Design and Zylo Media.

Don received his B.A. from Yale University cum laude with distinction in Economics. He lives in Falmouth with his wife Kate and has two grown daughters.