Don Goin, a veteran chief information officer and digital leader, has joined Irving-based investment firm Naya Ventures as entrepreneur in residence.
Goin is a former CIO for Capital One, which has a large financial services campus in Plano, and Dallas-based Santander Consumer USA.
Naya said that Goin’s background and knowledge in financial services augments its capabilities in venture capital doing early-stage B2B investments in artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and blockchain.
“This role with Naya will help us identify new market entrants in business and align engineering talent with high-potential products,” Goin said in a release. “We are seeing a lot of activity and the emergence of new products in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain that can be differentiators for many industries.”
He said that Naya “can help companies isolate disruptor risk and execute on their most challenging endeavors to ensure competititveness in the digital age.”
NAYA VENTURES INVESTS IN EARLY STAGE B2B COMPANIES
Naya said its entrepreneur in residence program provides business leaders with a platform to source investments, support portfolio companies by engaging in an executive role, provide thought leadership, and potentially start their own company.
Prior to working for Capital One and Santander Consumer USA, Goin held engineering and technology leadership positions at Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co., IONA Technologies, and Raytheon Defense Systems.
“Don’s experience in both startups and large corporations is a big asset for our platform and portfolio companies.”
“Don’s experience in both startups and large corporations is a big asset for our platform and portfolio companies,” said Dayakar Puskoor, founder and managing director at Naya Ventures, in a statement.
Naya Ventures was founded in 2011 and invests in early-stage B2B companies utilizing its product development expertise, emerging market channel relationships, and market strategies to increase market value.
It has invested in 18 companies to date. In March, the firm announced in a Form D filing that it had sold $2 million of a $2.45 million equity funding round.