Arizona Tech Investors (ATI) was founded in 2007 by Arizona-based investors committed to supporting capital needs of early stage high growth technology driven companies within Arizona and neighboring states. ATI members have invested in over 60 companies, and, today, is comprised of more than 90 individuals dedicating their time, knowledge, and resources to deliver the advantages that angel support can provide.

ATI seeks opportunities where new capital can move young businesses to the next level of growth and success. To maximize the probability of a successful company, ATI goes beyond just making investments. Members also participate in support of portfolio companies through advisory roles, strategic guidance, as well as resource and partner referrals and more. Members of ATI invest individually, collectively through dedicated LLCs, and through sidecar, or pooled investment funds allowing for best alignments of investor objectives and portfolio company needs.

LEADERSHIP

JIM GOULKA is Chairman and Managing Director for Arizona Tech Investors (ATI) and responsible for the general management of the organization.

Goulka previously served as CEO of software companies NetSelector Inc (sold to Apple, Inc), Jump-Start Solutions, and bid4real.com. Additionally, he was CEO of the National Technology Transfer Center, which commercialized IP developed in all 10 NASA labs and parts of the Department of Defense, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and Taliesin Preservation, Inc. and served as COO and CFO of Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. and its world-wide subsidiaries. Goulka began his career in corporate finance and private equity at JP Morgan Chase and Citibank. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Angel Capital Association and is a member of its Education Committee.

Goulka is a governing or advisory board member of several ATI portfolio companies. Previously, he was Chairman of Merriam-Webster Dictionaries and most of Britannica’s world-wide subsidiaries, and a board member of various early stage companies. His not-for-profit board involvement includes Steppenwolf Theater Company, Chicago Shakespeare, the Dallas Zoological Society, and the Associate Board of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He has also served on elected school and township boards.

He holds two degrees from Yale.

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