In 2008 Chuck McCoy founded the North Texas Angel Network, a group that today includes over 50 business leaders investing in promising early stage companies. Chuck has had 25 years’ experience in the software business, initially with Arthur Andersen and subsequently as an independent product developer for large companies such as AT&T, E-Systems and MCI. With an accounting background and extensive sales experience, he has helped multiple businesses grow through M&A as well as new product roll out. He has served as Director of Commercialization Programs at the North Texas RCIC and helped the Texas Emerging Technology Fund become an important funding source for technology start-ups. He holds a BBA from Oklahoma City University, an MS (Economics) from Oklahoma State University, and is a veteran of the US Army (A Battery, 6th Battalion, 33rd Field Artillery, 1968).
Mike Bartlett is President of Vital Art and Science Incorporated (VAS), an early stage medical equipment start-up company developing home-based vision function testing for tracking of degenerative diseases of the eye, including Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy. VAS has won NIH/National Eye Institute SBIR Phase I and Phase II Grants as well as funding from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF). VAS is currently collaborating with a multinational Drug company to validate its first product. In addition to being an active angel investor, Mike is a founding member of NTAN and served for several years as Chairman. He is currently a director for several early stage companies. Previously Mike spent a 28 year career with Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI) in Dallas, TX eventually serving for 5 years as Vice President – High Speed Communications Products.