Dan Goodman

Dan is a 50-year serial entrepreneur who has founded over 16 companies and 3 nonprofits since 1970. He has also served as a consultant, advisor, and mentor to over 200 organizations — including startups, venture capital firms, Fortune 100 corporations, government groups, and federal laboratories — in the areas of intrapreneurship, innovation, strategy, and commercialization.

His distinguished career includes tenures as Chairman and Managing Director of Zernike USA — the US arm of Zernike Group, a Dutch venture capital firm; CEO and Director of Engineering at The Silverthorn Group — a product development firm specializing in building automation, transportation, medical, and energy systems; and CEO of Odexia — a university spin-out commercializing a novel micro-electromechanical sensor for national security applications.

As Founder and CEO of Relativity Sciences, Inc. — a culture-change consulting and training firm — Dan’s clients included Northrop Grumman, the Smithsonian Institution, Transamerica Insurance, and the US Air Force, among many others. He was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to the Board of Directors for the state’s Clean Energy Economic Development Authority, chaired Maryland’s first clean energy business incubator, and has served on the Board of dozens of other corporations, venture capital firms, and business incubators, including Chesapeake Innovation Center — the nation’s first homeland security business incubator — and the US-China Science Park — created by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

In addition to his work at Mach49, Dan is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He also served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Columbia University and the University of Maryland, College Park for years, during which time he advised student and faculty startups, advised university leadership on innovation and commercialization, and taught entrepreneurship and executive development courses.

Dan holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, where he sits on the Board of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also completed graduate work in technology transfer at the National Institutes of Health’s Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences.