Meet The Team
Innovate Marquette Team
Raymond R. Johnson
Innovate Marquette SmartZone
With over 20 years of high-tech industry experience, Ray Johnson is recognized as a successful public company technology executive, serial entrepreneur, fund raiser and start-up CEO with a proven track-record of successfully building, financing, leading and scaling companies from the early proof-of-concept stage to successful global ramp and profitable exit. Ray’s business experience includes large company executive and board level management positions for venture-backed start-ups, raising equity financing (all rounds from a variety of investor types and entities), crowdfunding, vetting new start-ups, mentoring entrepreneurs, strategic planning, strategic partnering, business development, new technology/product development, engineering management, manufacturing build-outs, IP licensing, product marketing, corporate and product branding, sales channel development, worldwide product rollouts and M & A.
In his career, Ray has raised over $90 million in venture capital, angel and private equity investments from accredited investors and the world’s top Venture Capital (VC) firms and Private Equity (PE) investment funds such as Generation Investment Management, D.E. Shaw, Polaris Ventures, C.E. Unterberg & Towbin and from Fortune 100 corporations that included Intel, Texas Instruments, Xilinx (semi-conductors), Medtronic (medical devices), Applied Materials (thin-film manufacturing tools), Lockheed Martin Corporation (aerospace/military), Dow Corning (chemicals/coatings) and the Tucson Electric & Power Company (energy utility).