Calvin Goforth, PhD, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VIC Technology Venture Development. Calvin has extensive experience in start-up company development in founder, investor, board member, and executive roles, and has raised tens of millions in capital, helped bring several high-value products from concept to market, and helped bring multiple companies to exit.
He received a BS in Aerospace Engineering with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Early in his career, Dr. Goforth held positions at NASA and Rocketdyne, where he worked in the space shuttle main engine performance analysis group.
He later received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and returned to his home state of Arkansas to take a position as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He left his faculty position to form Vector, Inc. with the vision to build open-architecture PC-based controllers. Dr. Goforth’s experiences with Vector and other early-stage technology companies led him to found VIC Technology Venture Development.
Calvin attributes his wide worldview and approach to thinking to one singular thing: his passion for reading. Find out how this has shaped the course of his life on the One Away Show.