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David Fowler

Entrepreneur • Advisor Austin, Texas Area, US

Seeking opportunities, currently Part-time Chief Engineer, Adv Prod Development, Raven Industries and Previous owner of Starlink Inc

Seeking opportunities, currently Part-time Chief Engineer, Adv Prod Development, Raven Industries and Previous owner of Starlink Inc

13 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mobile Engineering
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Electrical Engineering
  • • Mobile Engineering

Involved In




Chief Engineer, Advanced Product Development Raven Industries 2006 - present
General Manager, Raven industries ATC Raven Industries 2005 - present
Chief Engineer Raven Industries 2001 - 2005
Owner Starlink Incorporated January 1991 - January 2001
Engineer Tracor 1989 - 1991
Technician Tracor Aerospace 1983 - 1989
Metrology lab Operator Weed Instruments 1980 - 1983

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Mechanical Engineering
  • • Other Engineering
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Hardware
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Robotics
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Transportation
  • • Wearable Tech

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Software development • Electrical engineering • Product Development • Product Innovation • System Architecture

Key Accomplishments

Previous owner of Starlink Inc,a successful GPS technology company which was sold to Raven Ind.

At Starlink, I was responsible for directing engineering product development, sales, marketing and support.

Currently innovating as the Chief Engineer of Advanced Product Development at Raven Industries where I have created several profitable products, including many patents.

I have experience bootstrapping from nothing to a successful business and selling that business.

My recent focus is on mobile development and IOT.

Much of my work has centered on GPS applications including automatic steering, guidance, and data collection in Agriculture.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I would like to find a person to partner with that fills in my weakness in business development, marketing, and funding. I can solve great problems and love to work with new technology. I'm not so great when it comes to the other.

As an Advisor

Advising entrepreneurs with engineering challenges. I have experience starting high technology businesses, engineering, and systems design for embedded systems. I also have dept in desktop software, web, and mobile application development.

I like to start with an informal discussion, like a coffee shop visit, where I learn about your business and it's technology needs. With some understanding I can provide quick advice and estimates for further development.

I prefer to be involved early in the definition phase where I can help with system design/architecture. If necessary I can help manage other engineers or even do the total design. From schematic to PCB or from requirements to working code.

Ideally a project would move from minimum deplorable prototype to the full product over time with customer involvement starting at the idea stage.

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Keith A. Wheeler
We worked together  •  Chairman and CEO, ZedX Inc.. Previously Director, WorldViews LLC. Cornell grad.
David is a great entrepreneur, who has a terrific foresight, an innovative solution provider and a wonderful collaborator. I vouch for David ... without qualification!
Scott Driscoll
They're my friends  •  Founder & Lead Engineer, and Application Engineer & Programmer, EquipCodes. Georgia Institute of Technology grad.
Every time I talk to David I'm inundated with great product and business ideas. He's got loads of experience developing electronic products ... through his past companies and current. We worked together in the past to co-develop and sell some items for a startup, and now I turn to him for both engineering and business advice.
Ed Wilson
We worked together  •  Senior System Integration Engineer, Raven Industries. Previously General Manager - Austin Technology Center, Raven Industries.
David is in constant learning mode and loves to teach others what he learns. He's started, grown and sold a company and had several success ... ful side ventures in software and electronics. Anyone would benefit greatly from David's experience and knowledge in technical and entrepreneurial endeavors..
Gary Reynolds
We worked together
David is a brilliant engineer who has the ability to see virtually all aspects of a product or situation with a vision for how it might deve ... lop. This, with the uncanny ability to work with a wide variety of people mark him as an outstanding individual and entrepreneur.
Craig Scofield
We worked together  •  web developer, wptc,inc. Previously GIS Analyst, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
David has been and continues to be a problem solver with an extensive knowledge base.
We worked together
Because he already is
Kelby Kleinsasser
We worked together  •  Entrepreneur and Experienced Ag Information Technologist, Entrepreneur. Previously Director of Consulting Services, AgIntegrated, Inc..
For most of his adult life David has been designing products to meet the sophisticated needs of sophisticated users. In the early 2000's he ... led efforts to create the very first light bar which quickly led to the development of what has become semi-autonomous equipment. David understands the ramifications of architectural and design decisions better than anyone I've met. He has a knack for knowing what people will use before they even knew what was possible. David leads quietly, builds people up, mentors, is respectful and patient yet somehow extremely driven. If I'm lucky I will be working with David again soon.
Kevin Cobb
We worked together  •  Product Manager, Topcon Positioning Systems and Product Manager, Topcon Postitioning Systems.
David has a depth of technical understanding and curiosity. He can innovate solutions to market problems very effectively by drawing from th ... is depth and breadth of technical knowledge. He also provides a great deal of leadership in innovative thinking with the teams that he works with, often younger and less experienced engineers learn from David
We worked together
David is a highly skilled engineer and he possess the ability to explain a concept/idea in a manner that is easily understandable by a wide ... variety of professionals. He is also a visionary. He can ideate futuristic products based on history, present usage trends and expected future transformation in quality of life. David has superior mentoring capabilities. He helped me understand concepts of engineering in an easy manner, with examples of core concepts, and offering appropriate challenges so that I can serve as a mentor to others. He knows how to build teams and lead groups. David is honest and professional. He has operated a business, lead one of our operation centers and has acted as the Chief Engineer/Architect on major projects. I have seen his ability to excel. I strongly feel that David is set to build revolutionary, high-margin products that make a significant, positive difference in the quality of life.
Peter Banz
They're my friends  •  Owner, Ceratec Inc..
Good Ideas and execution.
Jason O'Flanagan
We worked together  •  North American Sales Support and Field Marketing Manager, AGCO Corporation. Previously Senior Marketing Specialist, AGCO Corporation.
David is a very smart out of the box thinker. He has the ability to solve complex problems in innovative and well round ways.
Joe Russo
We worked together  •  Senior Research Scientist, ZedX, Inc..
David is innovative and makes most of his ideas a reality.
Nathan Dixon
Engineering Technician II, Raven Industries. Previously Engineering Technician, Raven Industries.

Keith A. Wheeler
Chairman and CEO, ZedX Inc.. Previously Director, WorldViews LLC. Cornell grad.
Keith is a founding member of Zedx. A great company doing data and predictive analytics in Agriculture. He knows how to work with industry a ... nd governments to make things happen.

Gary Reynolds

Gary is an excellent communicator. He gets people together. Using the "best man" approach. He is a business development master. Gary has bee ... n CEO or President for a few startup companies...

Kevin Cobb
We worked together  •  Product Manager, Topcon Positioning Systems and Product Manager, Topcon Postitioning Systems.
Kevin has been and always will be an entrepreneur. I've worked closely with him in the past and found his knowledge and understanding of tec ... hnology application in agriculture to be deep and valid. I hope to work with Kevin again, soon.

Joe Russo
We worked together  •  Senior Research Scientist, ZedX, Inc..
Joe is an successful entrepreneur. He has a brilliant mind, a deep understanding of Agriculture science and a well rounded understanding of ... science in general.