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Doug Gilstrap

Venture Partner

I have had the good fortune to work with two startups and two 100+ year old companies — all with extensive global reach. I enjoy that balance between entrepreneurial spirit and the need for operational processes for long-term growth.

Background
Doug focuses on investments in the IT infrastructure area for both enterprise and service provider markets. He also works with companies in the business services and fintech industries. He currently serves on the board of directors of TCV company Cradlepoint.

Previously, Doug was Chief Strategy Officer for Ericsson, a role that included chairing the company’s M&A Investment Committee. Prior to that, he was Head of Strategy for Cable and Wireless, CEO of Radianz, a secure low latency and hosting financial services data extranet, and CFO and COO of Equant Networks (NYSE: ENT; over $10 billion), a global data network services company. Radianz and Equant are now divisions of BT and Orange, respectively. Doug has a global operational, finance, sales, and transactional background. He started his career as a CPA and M&A consultant before moving to technology and telecommunications.

Doug has had private and public equity experience with international companies based in France, Netherlands, U.K. and Sweden. Capital fundraising experience includes initial public offerings, secondary and private equity in both the U.S. and Europe.

Interests
Doug was raised in upstate New York and was somehow able to keep moving south for warmer weather and career opportunities. This took a turn northward when the family moved from Texas to Sweden before coming back to New York. He has spent his entire 25-year career with European-based B2B technology companies. He distinctly remembers the international flights to Paris, when smoking was still allowed near his coach seat in the back of the plane. In his spare time, Doug enjoys watching sports and participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, fly fishing, and golf.

Education
Doug received his B.S. from the University of Richmond and his M.B.A from Emory University. He was a qualified CPA.

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