Fintech and General Entrepreneurship
College New Venture Challenge; Student Lunch and Learns
Doug is chairman emeritus of Hyde Park Angels (HPA), the largest and most active angel group in the Midwest. He is currently executive chairman of the board of UICO, a rugged touch screen company founded at Chicago Booth and one of the first investments made by HPA. Doug is also on the board of directors of Fishidy, a mobile/social fishing app that was recently acquired by Ray Marine, a division of Flir Inc. He also led the successful exit of Gradebeam, which was purchased by Textura (TXTR) in 2011. Gradebeam.com was a SAAS business that connects general contractors and subcontractors in the construction industry.
In addition, Doug has been involved in the financial trading community for more than thirty years. Doug began his career in trading coming out of Chicago Booth in 1989 as a spot foreign exchange dealer at Manufacturers Hanover. He became a commodity trading advisor in 1991 and worked for Commodities Corporation, where he successfully traded from both their Princeton and Chicago offices. Since 1994, he has been an active member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). Doug is a founding member of the NASDAQ100 futures pit, and served as the vice chairman of the Pit Committee from the pit’s inception until 2001. He worked closely with the CME board of directors and staff on pit design, pit space allocation and helped with the successful launch of the e-mini NASDAQ contract in 2001. Douglas is a valued member of the CME Pit supervision committee and has served on the CME group’s political action committee since 2007.
Doug has a BA in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Chicago Booth.