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Don Gooding

Advisor Portland, Maine Area, US

Executive Director, Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and Vice Chair, Maine Angels. Yale grad.

Executive Director, Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and Vice Chair, Maine Angels. Yale grad.

2 vouches

Involved In


Primarily A Cappella


Granite Systems
Vital Text Systems
Saco River Dyehouse
Introspective Systems
Emergent Music LLC
Pika Energy
Genotyping Center of America
Mingle Analytics
Emergent Music LLC
Granite Systems


Executive Director Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development October 2010 - present
Vice Chair MAI Basic Four 2005 - present
Performer Mainely Sinatra 2015 - 2015
Adjunct Faculty University of Southern Maine October 2011 - May 2013
Manager, USM Student Business Plan Competition University of Southern Maine July 2010 - May 2011
Owner May 1998 - December 2007
Board Member Emergent Music LLC 2006 - 2007
President Varsity Vocals 2004 - 2007
Board Member CASA 2001 - 2006
Board Member Granite Systems 1999 - 2003
Research Partner Accel Partners July 1986 - August 1997
Founder Primarily A Cappella 1992 - 1997
Director of Telecom Research 451 Research Mobility team (Yankee Group) October 1981 - May 1986


Babson College 2010 - 2010
Yale University Economics 1976 - 1981

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Local
  • • Payments
  • • Education
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Higher Education
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)

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Nick Pontacoloni
They're my advisor: OwnerAide  •  Currently Co-Founder- OwnerAide and Enterprise AE- LinkedIn Previously Publisher- TechTarget Northeastern MBA 2008 Stonehill College 2004
Don is a true champion of entrepreneurship. He's an enthusiastic advisor and has dedicated his time to building the startup community in Por ... tland, ME. Through his individual efforts and involvement, Portland now boasts many great resources, including the Top Gun Accelerator Program (which he oversees), to help entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses and succeed.
Shannon Kinney
They're my mentor  •  Founder, Client Success Officer, Dream Local Digital. Previously Senior Consultant, AIM Group / Classified Intelligence.
Don is a powerhouse of knowledge of what it takes to make a business successful, experience in guiding startups and entrepreneurs to success ... , and a strong network within the business community, innovation and change agents, funding sources, and other resources. He has advised my firm on structure of our funding pitch, business planning, marketing, and helped us make critical connections for us. We would not be where we are today without Don!

Dragos Stancu
They're my mentor  •  Director of Mobile Technology, bizzieMe and Founder, Webfix Studio.
He has the technical chops to make innovative things happen, a pragmatic view of the world, and the drive to be great.

Jay Lombard
They're my mentor  •  Founder, Maine Original Tea Co.. Previously Co-Founder, Executive Director, Unleash: Brooklyn.
He channels his intelligence into action, restlessly experimenting and making thoughtful connections to others who collectively will make so ... mething great happen.

Shannon Kinney
They're my investor  •  Founder, Client Success Officer, Dream Local Digital. Previously Senior Consultant, AIM Group / Classified Intelligence.
Shannon IS a great entrepreneur: unstoppable drive, big picture vision, infectious energy, and social media expertise.

Christopher Hallweaver
General Manager, Northern Girl, LLC. Previously Owner, eCoast Consulting Group.
He's a great combination of vision and operations chops, happy to be playing a supporting role even when he could be out front.

Jess Knox
Statewide Innovation Hub Coordinator, Blackstone Accelerates Growth and President, Olympico Strategies.
Jess makes things happen, and is particularly adept at creative fundraising and building grassroots support.

Mandy Schumaker
We worked together  •  Owner, Higher Performing People. Previously Vice-President of Advertising/Director of Advertising, Portland Press. Indiana grad.
Mandy exudes the confidence that her advisees pick up on. She is smart and practical about startup marketing and sales, giving those she coa ... ches specific action items that lead to results.

Tony Perkins
They're my advisor: other  •  Attorney; IP/Tech Practice Leader & Co-Chair of Business Law Group, Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson.
Tony has been a Top Gun mentor from the beginning. He's worked with dozens of software startups, and is one of the few attorneys in Maine I ... trust to refer to for financing deals.

Andrew Wawra
They're my mentor  •  Chiropractor, Nadeau Chiropractic and Wellness. Previously Chiropractor, Nadeau Chiropractic and Wellness. Northwestern grad.
Andrew combines thinking from multiple domains to come up with novel solutions. He's gone through our Top Gun program, and needs a good busi ... ness co-founder to really take off.

Jeremy Litchfield
They're my mentor  •  Founder/Chief Pacesetter, Atayne, LLC. Previously Advisor, Foundation for Renewable Energy Education.
Jeremy has stuck with his vision and found his way to a successful go to market strategy. He's preparing to expand based on his initial succ ... ess. Smart, driven, principled, he's already a great entrepreneur.

Paul Myer
We worked together  •  Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Maine Technology Institute (MTI) and Executive-in-Residence, University of Maine Business School.
Paul has seen how major corporations market successfully, and has adapted those lessons to what is relevant for smaller companies.

Spencer Wood
They're my mentor  •  Owner, Tip Whip LLC
Spencer has gone through our Top Gun Prep and Top Gun classes, and has succeeded in getting great attention outside of Maine. His unique twi ... st on shared economy through "name your price" could get traction.

Henry Bliss
We worked together  •  Executive Director, FormWorks LLC. I've worked closely with a wide array of talented people in the design, development and introduction.....
Henry has lots of hands on experience with successful product design. He's been a good contributor to our Top Gun program over the years.