Managing Directors

William Newman and Gordon Hoffman, the two managing directors of NTV, bring complementary and coordinating skills to the management of the firm. Bill Newman has been deeply involved in the start-up business community from the investor’s perspective, while Gordon Hoffman has spent his career as an entrepreneur. Both bring an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities in the research and academic environments. Of particular relevance to the mission of ORTDA, both Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Newman have long experience in:

  • Knowledge and experience in the university and research environment.
  • Experience with the grant funding and management process.
  • Technology transfer, including licensing, spinouts, and the idiosyncrasies of faculty and institutional relationships and expectations.
  • Venture investment, from deal sourcing and due diligence through to deal negotiation and later investment management and board roles.
  • Deep technical background in engineering and the life sciences.
  • Technology assessment and project management.
  • Market identification, assessment and financial evaluation.
  • Identifying and recruiting key staff.
  • Milestone-driven plan development, whether for a business plan, granting proposal, or management of existing resources.


William Newman

Leaving a career as university researcher to found a start-up, and from that position gaining 5 years of investment experience in a venture fund, Bill Newman brings a business perspective to the academic and research environment. Bill earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics prior to joining the research faculty at MIT, where he served for more than a decade as a principal investigator on NIH-funded research and directed a joint program at MIT and the Harvard Medical School to develop and evaluate technology for the treatment of cancer. Discoveries from that research resulted in patented inventions that he licensed from MIT to found a spinout that developed medical monitoring instrumentation. After earning an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, he spent five years in venture capital at Shaw Ventures in Portland, a $90 million SBIC venture fund with broad investment interests including technology, telecommunications, life sciences and biotechnology. He has also served on numerous corporate boards, and on various academic and civic boards including Oregon’s Higher Education Technology Transfer Fund Board and the Oregon Council on Knowledge and Economic Development.

Gordon Hoffman

In a complementary career path, Gordon Hoffman initiated a large corporate intrapreneurial venture and from there founded five start-ups, some with venture funding, and built them from inception through to growth and exit. Gordon has an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He has been an early employee at seven startups, including five he founded - one of which as entrepreneur-in-residence at a venture fund. These five include two software venture-funded companies, an intrapreneurial semiconductor operation within a major corporation, an electronic components sales representative company, and a consulting firm. In the public policy realm, he served for four years by appointment as the governor’s commissioner for the Colorado Advanced Technology Initiative (CATI), a statewide entity charged with coordinating the strategic reorganization of the state’s major universities, creation of distinctive centers of excellence, and a personally-directed program to create a high-speed telecommunication infrastructure linking the state’s campuses. In the academic sector, he created and served as director of the Oregon Graduate Institute’s Office of Technology Commercialization. He has also served on numerous corporate boards, representing both management and investors, and on various academic and civic boards including the Oregon Council on Knowledge and Economic Development, the Portland State University Foundation, and its Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Advisory Board.




"Where a business is not as yet defined, but technology is available, we'll work to identify the business opportunity."

-Gordon Hoffman







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