Ken Spratlin

Director of the board
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Ken Spratlin is an Angel Investor and Startup Advisor in Boulder Colorado. Ken received his education at Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”), obtaining his Master’s degree at the latter in 1987. He was employed first as an engineer and then as a section chief at Draper Laboratory, which originally was part of MIT and is famous for its research and developments in navigation, guidance and advanced control systems, including integrated GPS/INS systems. After which, he joined Trimble, where he held a number of senior managerial positions. These include serving as general manager of the company’s Military & Advanced Systems Division – where he patented several new developments in GPS technology. He then served as Chief Operating Officer of Nikon- Trimble, a joint venture of the two companies within the field of surveying instrumentation. Following which, he became Trimble’s director for new market development, during which time he led Trimble’s acquisitions (Inpho, Geo-3D, RolleiMetric, TopoSys, and eCognition) that formed the basis of its GeoSpatial Division. Subsequently, he served as Director of Innovation – Geomatics, responsible for identifying solutions for key technology gaps; managing investments in these areas; and leading the technology relationship with key partner companies. He is now an active Angel Investor and Startup Advisor, having invested in over 35 early stage startups.