About NCT Ventures in Columbus, Ohio

We have been building businesses for over two decades and though many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: great companies require great entrepreneurs.

We have had the pleasure of working with some of the best entrepreneurs over the years. These savvy business builders recognized the value of working with an investment team consisting of experienced serial entrepreneurs themselves. Our team has built several successful companies from the ground up and has made the tough decisions that are a part of taking a company to the next level. Though we know the finite value of our monetary investments, our hands-on approach and sharing of experiences are the best investments we make. Meet the NCT Ventures investment team.

Partners

Rich Langdale

Rich Langdale

Rich is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor. In 1986, while attending The Ohio State University, Mr. Langdale founded Digital Storage, Inc. ("DSI"). Since that time he has founded a total of eight companies and has co-founded, acquired or invested in several more under the umbrella of NCT Ventures. Mr. Langdale, through his capacity as a Managing Partner of NCT Ventures, is still actively involved with several of these portfolio companies.

In 2001, Mr. Langdale (along with other persons affiliated with NCT Ventures) founded and developed the Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, which quickly earned a tier one ranking from Entrepreneur Magazine. Mr. Langdale helped develop the Entrepreneurship curriculum in addition to teaching undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA courses on Entrepreneurship. Mr. Langdale is an executive board member of The Columbus Chamber of Commerce (former Chairman of the Entrepreneurship Steering Committee), OSU's Center for Entrepreneurship, Columbus Technology Council and Nationwide Children's Hospital (Research Board).

Mr. Langdale has received numerous awards for his business and civic contributions including:

  • Columbus Chamber of Commerce & Mayor Ambassador of Columbus, 2002
  • The Ohio State University Supporter of Entrepreneurship Award, 2003
  • Four time finalist for Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year.

Mr. Langdale regularly attends Harvard Business School's Executive Education Program. He attended The Ohio State University prior to beginning his career as an entrepreneur and investor.


Bill Frank

Bill Frank

Bill is a seasoned entrepreneur, pragmatic technology leader and investor.  After completing his military career, he applied his experience, tactical thought and team work to build successful technology companies and public-private partnerships before and during his partnership with NCT.   In July of 1997, he co-founded The Prometheus Group ("TPG"), where he developed the technological architecture of DSI.  Also in 1997, Mr. Frank co-founded developed, implemented the MuniNET line of business for The Prometheus Group. MuniNET provided a model for the transformation of the municipally owned electric utilities to leverage their infrastructure to provide additional higher margin services to their customers in a financially successful model.

Following the acquisition of TPG by DSI and its affiliated company, SubmitOrder.com(SOI), Mr. Frank remained with his team to lead their $25 million capital expansion of the combined company's technology infrastructure. During his tenure with SubmitOrder, he remained an active participant in NCT Ventures portfolio companies. After completing his contractual obligations with SubmitOrder in 2002, Mr. Frank re-joined NCT Ventures full-time to continue focusing on building, growing and exiting portfolio investments.


Lindsay Karas

Lindsay Karas

Lindsay joined NCT Ventures in November, 2008. Lindsay serves as in-house counsel to NCT Ventures focusing primarily on deal structuring, compliance and portfolio management. Lindsay attended The Ohio State University where she served as the student body president for the Fisher Graduate College of Business and graduated with both a law degree and masters in business administration in 2009. Prior to attending The Ohio State University, she attended Canisius College in Buffalo, New York where she received her Bachelor’s in Political Science and International Relations in 2005. While attending Canisius College she served as student body president and captain of the women’s lacrosse team. Lindsay’s affiliations include the Ohio Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association and TechColumbus, and she is actively involved volunteering for Marburn Academy, Franklin County Animal Shelter and TNT.


Michael Butler

Michael Butler

Michael joined NCT as a Venture Partner on June 1, 2009. He joins us from Nationwide Fund Distributors, LLC where he served as President and Chief Distribution Officer. In that role he was responsible for distribution for all Nationwide funds. During his 20-year tenure at Nationwide, Michael also served as Vice-President, Mutual Fund Strategy; Senior Vice-President, Qualified Plan Sales; and Manager of their independent broker dealer channel comprised of 85 field-based financial services wholesalers. Prior to his career with Nationwide, Michael served as CFO for an Ohio-based manufacturing and distribution company and as a Senior Consultant with Ernst & Whinney. Additional career highlights include business development/sales management for numerous business units, acquisitions/divestures of customers and competition, and formation of strategic partnerships. Michael holds an MBA from Ashland University and a BS in Accounting from The Ohio State University. Michael’s affiliations include CPA, CLU, ChFC and CFS, as well as insurance and securities licenses. To date, he sat on the Boards of 17 companies and is actively involved with the United Way of Central Ohio, Boys & Girls Clubs, Childhood League Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Ohio and Easter Seals.


Investment Team

Kyna McCarley

Kyna McCarley

Kyna McCarley joined NCT in December 1998. Initially working with Rich and his Partners at Digital Storage, she has enjoyed being a part of the evolution of NCT Ventures. Kyna was involved with the capital raise and successful establishment of SubmitOrder.com, as well as the development and continued involvement with the Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University. Currently, Kyna acts as liaison with the NCT Portfolio companies and manages daily office activities for all office cohabitants, NCT Partners and Associates.

Kyna holds an Associate’s Degree from Shawnee State University. Former affiliations include Goodyear Atomic Corporation, Borden’s, Dorcy International, The Limited, Inc. and the Beckley Cardy Company. Highlights of her career include responsibility for a vast Sales Rep network, supervision of rebate practices, Marketing administration, Human Resources administration, budget development and general office management to include numerous office relocations and establishment of a satellite office. Kyna’s favorite activities include spending time with her husband, family, friends and pets.


Calvin Cooper

Calvin Cooper

Calvin is a Director on the NCT Ventures investment team and focuses on identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities, business model development and analysis, market and competitive intelligence, strategy, fundraising, portfolio management, and diversity & underserved market initiatives. He represents NCT on the Kare Intellex Board of Directors, and is an advisor at Impact Economics. Additionally, Calvin is a member of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center YEx Advisory Board.

Prior to joining the NCT family, Calvin served in an executive role at OMSDC where he conducted the merger due diligence and integration of two regional organizations. He has experience in supplier diversity and business development, connecting diverse owned companies to Fortune 1000 corporations. He also founded and launched the MBE Academy in partnership with the City of Columbus. Additionally, Calvin has 10 years marketing and public relations experience that includes creating and publishing the Connections Magazine, government affairs, strategy, marketing and promotion. As a researcher, he led and co-authored the National Survey on Access to Capital Among Minority Business Enterprises. Calvin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Capital University in Financial Economics.


Venture Partners

Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell

For 20 years, Jeff Bell has been growing and turning around businesses in Corporate America. Most recently, as Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Global Marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business, Jeff was responsible for leading Xbox to its first profitable year, and launching the Games for Windows business. On the creative front, Jeff's team has produced the launch campaigns for Gears of War, Halo 3, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Scene it! And Grand Theft auto IV, and implemented the first global and vertically integrated Xbox marketing campaign. Before Microsoft, Jeff was largely credited with helping revitalize the Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler businesses, returning them to profitability in a significant turnaround from 2000-2006 with the Dodge Ram, Jeep 4-door Wrangler and the Chrysler 300 product launches. Jeff's efforts around social media, web, direct marketing and video games led to Jeff being named Interactive Marketer of the Year in 2005 by Advertising Age.


JT Kreager

JT Kreager

JT has been part of the NCT team since 1990. He has held leadership positions with a variety of businesses and industries. These include wholesale distribution, third party logistics, e-commerce, manufacturing and technology platforms. The companies JT has worked with have generally been early stage or start up to $100M in revenue including Digital Storage, Distribution and Logistics Services, SubmitOrder.com and EnergyGateway.

He has a proven track record at the P&L level but specializes in sales, operations and building a strong company culture. Additionally, he has managed turnarounds of struggling companies, overseen profitable exits and assisted in the raising of capital. He holds a bachelors degree in marketing from The Ohio State University.