Rich Langdale is a serial entrepreneur who started his first businesses in high school. In 1986, while attending the Ohio State University, Langdale founded Digital Storage (a wholesaler of computer storage) which led to international partnerships in Holland, France and Latin America. These partnerships were later complimented by offices in Canada and the Pacific Rim.
To begin to more appropriately manage what was becoming a conglomerate of businesses that were making further investments, Langdale formed a holding company which was later named NCT Ventures. Through this 20+ year history Langdale has made over 30 investments. The companies have had offices all around the globe, sold and raised hundreds of millions of dollars, once hired 1,000 people in a three-month period, launched new products, lead industries, and are fun places to work with vibrant ethical cultures.
Additionally, Rich co-founded and co-funded the Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, which quickly earned a tier one ranking from Entrepreneur Magazine. In addition, he was instrumental in the development of OSU’s entrepreneurship and commercialization curriculum.
Langdale is an avid supporter of Central Ohio and chaired the Columbus Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneurship Steering Committee (ESC) for three years. He previously served on the Board of Directors for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Research Board, the Columbus Museum of Art and Columbus Technology Council/Business Technology Center. His awards include the Power 100, Fast 50, OSUs Supporter of Entrepreneurship Award and Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Rich is also a member of the Young President’s Organization and previously served as Education Chair and Chapter Chair.