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Gerry Langeler

BA '72

General Partner
OVP Ventures (Kirkland, WA)


Gerry joined OVP in 1992 and focuses on investments in semiconductors, software, imaging and digital biology. His investments include Captivate Network, Collaborative Software Initiative,,, Elekom, Foundstone, Max-Viz, Now Software, Portland Software, Preview Systems, Surplus Software, TView, Unify, Vascular Solutions, Viral Logic Systems, and Webridge.

Prior to joining OVP, Gerry was co-founder of Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) in 1981 where he served as President, and over 11 years helped lead Mentor through its IPO to over $400M in worldwide sales and over $1B in market capitalization. He began his technology career at Tektronix.

He is the author of The Vision Trap (Harvard Business Review, 3/92). He also authored a chapter in Venture Capital Best Practices, Aspatore Books, 2005.


Gerry received his AB in Chemistry from Cornell University and his MBA from Harvard University.

Board Affiliations

Gerry currently serves on the Board of Directors of Collaborative Software Initiative, Max-Viz, Viral Logic Systems. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Highway 12 Ventures in Boise, Idaho.