Robert Ochtel’s Blog

An Experienced Approach to Venture Funding


Robert Ochtel is a hands-on business executive with more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of high-technology and international business development in both the semiconductor and telecommunication industries. Early in his career, the Robert worked for various Fortune 500 companies including Harris Semiconductor and Intel Corporation. For the last 17 years, the Robert has been involved with the venture funding of various wireless start-up companies in San Diego, including PCSI, CommQuest Technologies, 4D Connect, and others. Robert has also raised more than $50M in venture capital, corporate funding, and private equity from such firms as Sequoia Capital, Brentwood Associates, Oak Investment Partners, AT&T Ventures, and Intel Corporation. In fact, one start-up company that Robert was instrumental in founding and securing initial venture funding for, CommQuest Technologies, was sold three years later to IBM for $180M in 1998.

In 2002, Robert founded The Carlsbad Technology Group (, a consultancy that specializes in facilitating high-technology start-up companies in their business strategy planning and associated efforts to secure angel, venture, and/or other private equity capital.

In 2007, Robert founded the VentureBlue™ Angel Network, a proposed network of more than 100 angel groups to be developed across North America.

Robert has written many articles that have been published in various local and national publications.

Robert holds both M.S. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Robert also has Series 7 and Series 63 securities licenses.

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