Episode 134 | NCT Ventures


Rich is the Managing Partner at NCT Ventures, as well as a seasoned entrepreneur and investor. In 1986, Rich founded Digital Storage, Inc. (DSI), while attending The Ohio State University. Since that time he has founded, co-founded, acquired or invested in several more companies under the umbrella of NCT Ventures. Through his capacity as a Managing Partner of NCT Ventures, he is still actively involved with several portfolio companies.

In 2001, Mr. Langdale (along with other persons affiliated with NCT Ventures and OSU) founded and developed the Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, which quickly earned a tier one ranking from Entrepreneur Magazine. He helped develop the Entrepreneurship curriculum in addition to teaching undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA courses on Entrepreneurship. He has been an executive board member of The Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Entrepreneurship Steering Committee, OSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship, Columbus Technology Council, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Research Board).

Rich has also received several awards for his business and civic contributions, and he’s a regular attendee at Harvard Business Schools Executive Education Program.


(00:00:00) Opening remarks
(00:00:38) Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
(00:01:10) The SunDown Group
(00:01:31) SHARE
(00:01:53) The Conquering Columbus Podcast Startup Package
(00:02:13) Like, subscribe, and share Conquering Columbus
(00:02:21) Conquering Columbus Intro
(00:03:15) Introduction to Rich Langdale
(00:04:45) Rich’s childhood and upbringing
(00:08:30) Rich’s path to entrepreneurship
(00:10:51) Rich’s path to founding Digital Storage, Inc. (DSI)
(00:19:20) The evolution of DSI
(00:21:30) The challenges of managing an international business
(00:24:30) Spinning DSI off into multiple different business lines
(00:27:30) Buying companies in the early 2000’s: what went right, and what went wrong
(00:30:15) Making it through the 2008 downturn
(00:33:15) NCT Ventures
(00:34:30) The evolution of Columbus
(00:36:00) Rich’s goals for the future
(00:38:00) NCT Venture’s goals for the next five to ten years
(00:39:25) Live Uncomfortably
(00:40:20) Closing remarks
(00:40:40) Like, subscribe, and share Conquering Columbus
(00:40:57) Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
(00:41:27) The SunDown Group
(00:41:49) SHARE
(00:42:12) The Conquering Columbus Podcast Startup Package
(00:42:37) Conquering Columbus Outro


Rich Langdale
NCT Ventures
Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
The SunDown Group
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